Word Of The Year, First Official Spread Of 2016

This is an interesting spread for me.  Working up the background wasn’t so difficult.  I wanted the focal images–the trees and the face–to be free, open, scribblly even–little did I know.

I grabbed my trusty Bic Cristal black pen…and I actually scratched in the forms very quickly.

Then I added colors…charcoal, paints, colored pencils, a bit of marker…then I sprayed it with a matte varnish…and got ticked.

There should be five distinct designs in those trees.  I put them there myself.

That pen line straight down the center of the face–I worked hard to eradicate and hide that line–and it was gone…until the sealant hit it…

So…oh well…I feel good and I got my point across…

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I had fun here.  Eyes bigger than the face.  Lots of layers.  Pen scribbles clearly showing through…it was fun…

Now–trees…what do trees have to do with Deepen…

Have you ever heard of the Dig Tree?

A few years ago, Soul Cafe Food was my lifeline…the site may not be active anymore — or maybe it is and I am no longer there to notice– but I still return to peruse and wander…I am still inspired there to write and to create…I am eternally grateful to Heather Blakey, as well as all the other artists that I met on my journeys there.

 

The White Rabbit?

So…don’t go expecting a fully finished piece every single week…but for this week…I have a fully finished piece…

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So, my intention this year is to take risks, to do weird things, to explore things I have not yet allowed myself to explore for whatever reason…and this is one of those pieces….

This is my White Rabbit.

Now, my intention with this particular series of prompts is to always include a mushroom of some sort and to always include a face of some sort…

Thinking about that today…I give the body of a rabbit, with a rather mutant human-rabbit face looking back over her shoulder…with lovely blonde hair and madder green eyes (no, that’s not a ‘real’ color–it’s just a play on the intensity and the madness of Wonderland…)

She says: There is no turning back.

She is done on 7 inch by 9 inch watercolor paper.

I used Bic cristal pen, watercolors, colored pencils, acrylic paints, charcoal, alcohol marker, stamp pads, distress ink and gel pens to create this piece.

Honestly, I did not give this piece a great deal of thought.  I trusted and followed my intuition…I roughed in the body and face, then went to work on the words and the lettering…after that, it was just more about having fun…

Although I did make a conscious choice not to do a plain white rabbit…I wanted the illusion of white without being too blatant…and blue is one of those magical shades…it can be so blue it’s white…and it can be so blue it’s black…and so…blues it became…and here we are…

What did this week’s prompt inspire you to create?