This piece was a adventure for me. I followed a few words that one of my old art teachers had told me. From the first day I had come up to him and talked to him about my art. He acknowledged my "gift" and proceeded to work with me on developing technique and advancing my artistic eye. Towards the end of the semester, on the last day of formal classes he told me these words, " you have a gift and you embrace it, but remember, step out of your comfort zone. If it hurts, you are doing it correctly". At the time these words never really made much impact until this painting. I have been asked numerous times to paint children for commission pieces. Some come out great, others turn into blacked out canvas waiting for their chance to be reincarnated into a new piece. But the number of successes is much smaller then the number of attempts. For thus reason, this piece was a push, I might have changed the style of the face 20+ times, wanted to destroy the canvas 30+ times, but in the end I feel that I had succeeded. But the little girls face with her mystery of an emotion was not enough. I needed to add a piece of me to the painting. I needed to add something that would signify the struggle that I had gone through with this piece but also would clarify the innocence of the young spirited child. This had come in the shape of a bird. The colors used in this painting have dual purposing and different colors in different light and view points. When looking at the painting from underneath, it shows brilliant orange gold tones, while from the top down will show a more reddish tone. This effect was somewhat of a accidental interaction with solvents and paints. Fortunately for me, Life goes to show that some of the greatest things have happened by pure accident or coincidence.
Grumbacher Oil Paint, Solvent based Paints