Be Kind

Yes, I’m back with another angel painting, my fifth. This one is a bit different than the ones I’ve done previously.

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She is my Angel of Wisdom. In the Spirit Wings e-course I’ve been taking, the artist used a technique of layering collage and paint and then using sandpaper to sand down some of the layers, giving the piece an aged look.  I decided that I wanted to paint an old, wise face.

I’d seen a fantastic photo of actress Olivia de Havilland at 98, taken by photographer Andy Gotts.  It is a beautiful, black and white portrait of a person who looks as if she has some great stories to tell.

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I’m still really new to painting faces and now I wanted to paint a more complicated face then the ones I’ve been painting.  This one has wrinkles!

These photos shows the progress: A rough sketch of the face, and developing the background, building up and sanding down layers of paper and paint. And then painting the face which goes through transitions when I struggled to get the shape of the head and the eyes right. Scroll through them to see the piece evolve.

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I was frustrated with the sanding process because the paper I used often just came off in a partial layer, revealing not a glimpse of the color and paint underneath, but instead the soft, white, boring middle of the paper. But I just layered on more paint and paper.  Here are some close ups of the layers.

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I worked and worked on her eyes, at one point layering gel medium over the canvas because I’d made such a mess. It created other challenges, but eventually I finished them. The lines, soft wrinkles, and the pearls all created challenges for me, and I spent a lot of time on this piece.

As for the mantra, this Angel of Wisdom has the most simple, basic message. Be Kind. That is the big one.  Be kind.  A friend and I were talking and he said “Be kind. Show up. Listen. Give hugs.” He believes these are the most simple principles to live by.  I too believe that these are all excellent life guides. I left off the last one, not that I don’t like hugs, but I thought the other three were appropriate in more situations.

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Anne Lamott has written about showing up, especially when we don’t know what else to do. I mention it in a previous post here.   Be kind. Show up. Listen. Thank you, j, for the conversation that provided me with the right mantra for my angel.

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Thank you all for showing up to read my post and listen to my words. I truly appreciate every visit.

 

 

 

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9 responses to “Be Kind

  1. j.

    I’m very happy to be a witness to your development as an artist. Keep up the good work!

  2. Love this!!! Thank you for showing the steps involved in your process. She’s gorgeous!

    • Hey, Juli – Thanks for the comment. Thanks very much. I wanted to put the photos into a little video, but I couldn’t get it to work. I don’t always take many pictures but I love when others show the steps, so for this one, I was pleased I remembered to stop every once in awhile.

  3. violetannie63

    Oh she’s gorgeous! You’re so amazing! I think this is my favourite one – pretty sure I say that every time… She’s very serene🙂

    • Thanks, Violetannie! I love her too. She’s currently residing over my desk at work. But wait until you see the next one! 🙂

      • violetannie63

        Can’t wait! You’re making me very jealous though…you’re so talented and getting so much done. I haven’t done any crafting for weeks now…

  4. Such a wonderful painting, your face is very beautiful! I love seeing your process and the textures you create, thanks for sharing! J🙂

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