“She Blooms by Moonlight” – my creative process
I could just see them as part of a painting, so I (fairly) discreetly gathered up as many as I could from the tables surrounding us…
I’m so glad I listened to that little acquisitive voice, because they were the touch that eventually revealed the whole story of this piece to me.
I really loved working on this wistful girl, even though she went through so very many changes.
I gave her a pet dog and hated it. And then her body was no longer right either, so I covered almost the whole lower half of the painting with gesso. In fact, about the only thing I did like about the whole piece was her face..
Then it looked a little like a snowscape to me, so I gave her a warm hat and a new body.
But I still couldn’t quite see her story until I added the little moon face, and suddenly it just gelled.
The pink and yellow in particular looked lovely layered together.
I added pieces of both to create a glow around the moon, which suddenly became petals to me.
I knew my girl needed something extra, so I decided to give her some petals too, and the relationship between the two characters was made clear.
Just a touch of dark blue for contrast in the sky, and they were done.
Hope your week’s been good to you,