Thursday, February 9, 2012

Aware

A couple of weeks ago I started going to Cynthia Grilli's for inspiration and guidance with the figure and the portrait.  It has been a process of decisions.  First I had to remember why I was there.   I want to let go of what has been safe.  Do I need to constantly prove I can draw by doing only what I know?  So I get out of my comfort zone to revitalize and that is a good thing.  I mean what if I push and lay down color, value and temperatures that make me scream out loud.  I can tell you in the process of this painting I let go of a likeness and fought with emotional attachments to explore palette knife textures and scraping with those rubber carving tools.   I laid down thick yellows and found every part of me tingling with fear and excitement.  My whole body felt alive and I was sort of lost and did not care...maybe a little.  I am going to stick with this and hopefully carry this to my pastels too.  We will see what happens.  All I know is it is time to let go and see what the process will bring.  

10 comments:

Dana Cooper said...

In my opinion, this is your best ever...congrats Dori!

Julie Hill said...

You my dear...have had what we call a major breakthrough...artistically and personally. Fantastic and wonderful for you. This piece exudes a new level and a new world....it.exudes freedom. And i totally agree with Dana...your best ever!!How very exciting.Once again, you have inspired me...thank you.

Julie Hill said...

You my dear...have had what we call a major breakthrough...artistically and personally. Fantastic and wonderful for you. This piece exudes a new level and a new world....it.exudes freedom. And i totally agree with Dana...your best ever!!How very exciting.Once again, you have inspired me...thank you.

Susan Roux said...

Looks like you were finally following your heart! Such a positive transformation. I say continue to explore that which makes you scream!

Stephanie Berry said...

This is great--it all works together. The light is wonderful and the soft lines--so nice!

Hillary Miller said...

I love your excitement with your experimentations! And the light and etherial quality are a cool new direction.

Karen Werner said...

Great! It has mystery. Loved hearing about your "growing pains.". We all have them but few bloggers are so honest about it. It's a rich painting. Congrats!

Maria Hock said...

Thank you so much for sharing your journey. I love this...I love the feel of it ...the colors...the composition. I just love everything about it. I cannot wait to see what you do next.

Lighting the Candle said...

Incredible! Love it, love it! I'm so anxious to see what you do with pastels...

Shirley Fachilla said...

Wonderful painting. The color, the light, the sense of discovery... really great.