No two days are ever the same in my humble studio. Nothing is really planned except a cup of coffee. Sometimes I work on art orders for lisahuntart.com, other days I work on my blog or mingle with my online buddies. But if I get sucked into a total art-focused groove that pretty much takes over the brain, overshadowing all else until I express what needs to be expressed.
I think a lot of artists are familiar with the art zone–when peripheral distractions melt away from the desk and all that the senses see and feel is the artwork at hand. Seagull-Shapeshifter was one of those groove pieces—I felt the energy, the cadence and the flowing vividity that literally turned up the volume and made for an almost hypnotic experience. While working on this piece, I felt compelled to listen to glam rock, with T-Rex being center stage. I’m not sure why, but that was the spirit of the moment—a dazzling display with light and color performing its ritualistic dance on the paper. I felt the water, the glitter, the translucent elements; all flowing together as the seagulls became one with the environment. Isn’t this the way of seagulls? They seem to appear out of nowhere sometimes, darting in and out, above and below and all around—organized and beautiful. Isn’t that what this piece is all about?
“They (seagulls) are thus symbolic of great versatility and freedom, and remind us to go with the natural flow of life. Seagull is the rebel–unique and odd and proud of it, the patron of those inventors who are trying to find new, ingenious, and unexpected ways to do things”. ~ Lesley Morrison, author The Healing Wisdom of Birds.
To be an artist, you have to be a sort of rebel. The inner rebel, an aspect of the animus, energizes and pushes us forward. It helps us not to be afraid.
Here is a progression of the painting. I felt “stuck” at first until I decided to let out the ponytail—then all was set in motion!
It became clear that in order to not inhibit the painting flow, I had to employ my old trusty friend Mr. Mascoid. I put the mascoid on the seagulls and pulled out my big wash brushes. As I neared completion, I removed the mask and detailed the seagulls at the end.
In other studio happenings:
I was pleasantly surprised (actually stunned!) to find out that Ghosts & Spirits Tarot had been nominated for a 2013 About.com Readers’ Choice Award for Holistic Healing in the “Best Tarot Deck” catagory. If you have been inspired by my deck, you can vote now until March 19th. There is also a Q & A about me including questions like:
Find out the answer on the about.com site:
Thank you dear friends for your continued support of my art and writings!
In other Hunt-Kramerville news:
Kyra continues to thrive in school. We are convinced that reading lots of fairy tales since she was a baby provided a good prescription for future success. Not only is she a budding artist and piano player but she is also a straight A student in an intensive gifted program. Yes she studies, but her main occupation is books, and lots of them. She reads in every corner and space and is often reading quietly in her room by the hour (good for us work-at-home moms). Books are still the best thing going and my daughter’s ongoing academic achievements provide proof of bookworm rewards.
But with that said, this award has us baffled!