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Mis-takes as learning experiences.
I had such high hopes of writing this post. The Universe had different plans. My idea of putting photographs of my parrot paintings on a little slide loop is thwarted because I forgot to take the relevant photograghs. So this is a hot-potch.
I painted three 8x8in canvases of parrots from photographs before I returned to my big intuitive 'Tortoise Man' painting. Painting from photos is a great way to see details and get to know your subject intimately. I then went back and repainted the parrot-in-the-pool and he gained a white mask. I tried to keep him fresh...and not let the photo dictate my image.
Note to self - take those archival photos before the paintings have flown to new homes!
During the painting of 'Tortoise Man' a parrot popped up from a little pool of potent mud. He has led me on an exploration of parrots. When I get this far I can't resist finding out what the animal I have discovered/uncovered through layers of paint might really look like. I love this adventure stage although my inner critic screams constantly for photorealistic perfection. I am beginning to appreciate the critic and to allow the inner voice to to help rather than sabotage my efforts. It leads to lots of learning!
Ceri McKervill PhD
Artist, researcher, art therapist, pragmatist: intent on making life changes with the help of art materials.