Today’s painting was created in my Hamilton studio, on the second floor of the building at 337 Ottawa St. N … around the corner from 337 Sketch Gallery. There are a few artists & photographers renting space there, but a lot of available space in case any of you are looking.
I was lucky enough to be able to rent a room short term for the project I had in mind – I’m calling it a “self-hosted residency”, for the artist whose kids are still too young for her to apply for a proper residency.
Despite the crazy time frame (on a good day that would be the hours my youngest was in school, minus the commute back & forth), I was prolific during that time.
I thought I would show you some of the stages that this painting went through … especially because I know there are a number of artists following along.
To be honest, when I started with the pthalo blue background, I intended to let the wispy bits of the feathers fade into the blue … but then I mixed up a nice buttery colour and I just got carried away cutting away the negative shapes around the wreath shape.
That left me with a blue wreath floating on a light background. So then I got the idea to add a pattern, to help integrate the different elements of the image … and I started with circles.
How about a wreath floating, on a stoney riverbed?
I filled in some of the circles, creating depth, making them less like circles. In fact some looked a little like … eggs. After all, I’m painting peacock feathers … so eggs aren’t a stretch.
Up until this point I had been flipping the painting around and around as I went, not quite sure I wanted to assign a right-side-up to it.
As I played with the idea that the stones could actually be eggs, I really began working on the shadow. That’s when the orientation became obvious to me.
I decided to leave room for multiple interpretations of this image.
The research I have done on peacock imagery shows that over the years it has been used as a symbol of immortality, resurrection, rebirth.
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