The Finished Peacock-Shapeshifter — A Reflection On An Inner World (Also: Take a peak at Kyra’s glam rock robot)
Posted By lisahuntart on April 24, 2013
“The peacock as a totem shares the wisdom of self-esteem. This is not to be confused with ego pride, but rather the recognition of self-worth as a divine being. Peacock summons you to “walk the talk” and share your gifts and inner beauty with the world in a peaceful and joyful way.” ~ Lesley Morrison, author The Healing Wisdom of Birds.
What’s going on in my brain? I haven’t quite figured that out. Certainly not any mathematical algorithms or left brain wizardry — my computer engineering older brother took all those genes for himself (and I remain the adoring sister for his genius). But I do know this: I see and feel lots of vibrant colors, sometimes fragmented like a kaleidscope and sometimes as still as reflections in water. While painting Peacock-Shapeshifter, the intensity of the vision almost felt as though I was in the middle of a Theremin performance. I know, it is hard to explain, but the energetic frequency felt cosmic somehow. This compelled me to paint more and more, upping the saturation and value patterns along the way. Most of my art is usually more muted, but this piece dove deep into space and found itself dancing with solar flares. It was a powerful experience and I am glad I let myself explore these frontiers.
I documented the watercolor painting progress so you can see how the layering of transparent watercolors works. I used maskoid halfway through to help preserve some lighter areas. For those who are unfamiliar, maskoid creates a protective shield between paper and pigment and it comes in useful when painting big areas. Once I completed the watery washes and allowed the surface to completely dry, I removed the maskoid (it’s like peeling rubber cement off paper) and proceeded with detailed dry brushing (less water, more pigment). That’s when the painting started to glow!
In other studio news:
March and April were busy months for orders. This seems to happen every year and this springtime has been no exception. I’m still taking orders for large colored pencil drawings as well as for more decks and doodles. I’ve some copies left of the Fantastical Creatures Premier Kit Edition with poster and drawing, but once they are gone, they will be gone forever. U.S. Games has decided to publish deck-only versions from now on. If you want a real bargain, I’m selling the OOP Animals Divine Tarot + a drawing for only $24.00 + S&H (the price will be going up in May due to increased shipping costs). Everything gets signed and dated and comes with a certificate of authenticity.
If you would like to commission a full color drawing, visit my Custom Colored Pencil Drawings page. I love creating these one-of-a-kind drawings in between my bird-shapeshifter painting. One project fuels another and I thank you for inspiring me!
I’m also grateful to have won the recent About.com contest for Best Tarot Deck, 2013! Everyone at U.S. Games has always been very supportive of me and my work. Their recent News item was no exception:
“U.S. Games Systems is very pleased to announce that Ghosts and Spirits Tarot has been declared the winner in the Reader’s Choice, About.com annual competition. The deck is a standout because of its unique artwork by Lisa Hunt, who also created Fantastical Creatures Tarot. Lisa has an impressive international following. Ghosts and Spirits Tarot was nominated and chosen by About.com voters. This popular tarot deck was also named by Aeclectic Tarot as one of the Top Ten Tarot Decks published in 2012.”
Thank you U.S. Games!
In other Hunt-Kramerville news:
Kyra is busy prepping for her piano recital. She has been taking lessons for almost 4 years now, and the smoothness that comes with stronger fingers and a more mature temperment are starting to show in her playing. Unfortunately, she is getting her braces on the day before the recital. We’re hoping they don’t interfere with her performance.
She has also been busy being a good little pupil having made “Superstar Student” at her school . The recognition is based on good character, good behavior and good scholastic performance, so we’re especially proud of her discernble achievement.
…and she built a robot made out of recyclables for a class project. She did it all by herself with no help from Mama and Papa. In typical Kyra fashion, she added purple paint and cool shades to complete the look.