I should not be surprised that I keep falling behind with Life Book lessons given it is the summer break and I have four kids at home to entertain and chores galore – because kids at home create more mess. Furthermore, my art time is being invested in working on my History of Art project with the kids. Still, you know me: Control Freak. I cannot stand not being on schedule for very long so I had to find time to catch up.
The first lesson I caught up on was one taken by Tamara Laporte. The thrust of the lesson was about celebrating wisdom and rising above limiting beliefs and negative thoughts. This was to be visually represented by a soaring figure and various mixed media techniques were demonstrated in the tutorial. It took me days of stop-start viewing to watch the video tutorial and at one point my 9 year old glanced at the laptop and commented that the exemplar made him think of Nyx. That was the seed that then germinated in my mind’s eye throughout the rest of the tutorial and by the time I was ready to start painting I decided I was going to paint Nyx, the Greek goddess of the Night.
I used Neocolor II crayons, acrylic paint and Inktense pencils to create my response to this lesson. I am particularly pleased with how the colours in the background bled in to one another and the spattering with the metallic blue and silver paints.