Last week’s Life Book lesson was taken by Connie Solera. It was a bit too “art as therapy” for my personal taste but I was inspired by the imagery of the painting Solera demonstrated and decided to create my own twist on the idea, moulding the lesson to fit my own style. There are many layers in this mixed media painting, more layers than I typically work with, but I enjoyed switching between the chaotic looseness of the background and the more tight illustration of the female figure curled up inside a pod shape in the centre, even if it probably makes the piece visually unbalanced.
What a wonderful piece! The sense of calm within the outer chaos is really well done.
Thank you, Ellie.
I don’t know about visually unbalanced but this works for me. So powerful.
The two parts are both well executed but don’t quite work for me together. I really like the background and am constantly awed by your figure work. This is where I can really appreciate how your art has developed from daily (or almost daily) practise over the last three (?) years……
Thank you. Yes, that’s what I mean by it not balancing quite right. The two elements don’t synthesize and, therefore, don’t communicate with each other.
And thank you for your kind words. I’m definitely someone who works best when illustrating people, monsters, or anthropomorphised animals.
I actually think this works! Sure, the “pod” and the background contrast sharply, but I think that just emphasises the distinction between the two.
I don’t think it is unbalanced at all Laura
Thank you, Alison.