This week’s Life Book lesson was taken by Tamara Laporte. I knew it would be very detailed and would spark my creativity and imagination and get me rushing to put paint on paper right away and I was not wrong. The object of the lesson was two-fold: to work with a full profile; and to balance out working on two sides of a painting in two different ways, intentionally in one area and intuitively in another, and make the two sides cohere. Since I find working intuitively challenging and I also sometimes struggle to make backgrounds complement the focal image, I thoroughly enjoyed this lesson.
Laporte’s exemplar in the video tutorials was of a female figure with a swan on her head and some other whimsical, fantastical elements. We were encouraged, however, to find and utilise imagery that chimed with us. I already had an idea that I wanted to use red and other warm colours in a painting because I have not been using those colours much lately so perhaps that is where the idea of a phoenix came from. Perhaps it is also because it is my birthday today and I am now 40 and waiting for the whole “life begins” thing to kick in, the next chapter in my life. My version is a bit less whimsical than Laporte’s and I didn’t use doodles or writing or symbols but I did use spatter and dribble and dots which make me happy. I am really pleased with how this painting turned out especially when I compare it to how my adventures in mixed media painting started this year.