New Moon On Friday…

So…March’s New Moon was … a week ago….and I did put up a post for the New Moon…which you can see here

But–I actually did work on the New Moon…I actually did create on the New Moon, in my actual journal that I normally use for my Moon journalling…

This post was done in a different journal and was basically all I had to show for the New Moon that day…I just was not creating art that much during that week…not with paint, anyway…

But…I did create something…and I love what I did and how she evolved.

I knew I wanted to do my usual New Moon spread, with the underlayer of writing and everything that I normally do.  I had opened my journal to a fresh spread and was waiting until I had a few free minutes to sit in contemplation.

Then, I went to youtube to look up a video for my toddler...when I saw something suggested by youtube that triggered a desire to watch…which is actually pretty rare…

I watched the video …and I started to write across the pages of that open journal spread…then, I layered various colors of paint, blues and greens, and then some white to push that back a bit.  With my fingers I smooshed in about five different colors, all over the place, randomly, with no thought or planning.

Then, I had to walk away because…well, toddler…

When I came back, I roughed in a sketch of the girl, following the outlines that had shown up in the paint.  Originally, I pulled her out of the background using a graphite pencil (plain old #2, the kind used in schools) — and then I outlined her with my favorite black Bic cristal.  Nothing special.

Then–we skip to the next day…

On the phone with my best friend...I began to write across the page two words, over and over–they were the response, the Universal answer, to what I had written down in the initial layer, over and over and over, all across the page, around the body of the female …

After the phone call was over, I began to lay down the layers of paint on the figure…eventually that spilled over into painting a pale pale blue all over the background to push it back, without losing it entirely.  Based on some of the imagery that had come up while i listened to the video…I added a heart, a heart full of layers, surrounded by barriers that need to be surmounted…

An, yes, if you want to know, Sting’s Fortress Around Your Heart was playing on repeat in my head at the time…

Once all the paint dried, I added a layer of clear gesso over the heart and over the figure (and let it dry completely).  I finished both out with colored pencils and conte pencil.

watermarked-march new moon

I think after February’s month of faces, I am ready to embark on a month of figures…I’ve been wanting an excuse to practice hands…maybe…it won’t be this month that I do it, but you will see more figures in my work as I begin to play with that.

 

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