I am still striving to achieve a 'looser' style to my mixed media paintings. But I just can't seem to stop myself from refining those edges here and blending that shading there until I end up with a 'polished' look.
I started this piece with that in mind. I think it is on the right track and I have ended up with something which I think is quite different from my usual work although, after painting in the background, and sketching in the figure I had decided it was going in the BIN. I had originally put a row of houses in the background and I didn't like it at all. Once I had decided to ditch it, I thought it was an ideal opportunity to loosely paint the face because there was no pressure on me because it was going in the bin anyway. And, what do you know, It turned out sort of okay. Then a story started to emerge. I made some changes to the background and this is how it turned out.
When my hubby researched our Family Tree. he discovered that I had ancestors who worked in the tin mines in Cornwall in the 1800's and this is what I saw in this figure. So I changed the background to show an old tin mine. Although there were women workers at the mines called Bal Maidens that worked on the surface. I see her as the wife of a miner awaiting her husbands safe return.
I like it when a painting speaks to you.
Before I go I just wanted to say that I am really excited that my bottle of Citra Solv has arrived.
All I need is some latex gloves and I am away. I can't wait too see how the pages turn out. For those of you that may not know what I am going on about I will explain when I post the results.
I also received an added bonus which you can see in the bottom right Yessss!! bubble wrap with large bubbles. I can't wait to use it for printing in my artwork.
Thanks for visiting. x
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