Creating Figures in my Art

Sometimes I like to put figures in my work. Some of my early paintings from when I was in my 20’s had dancing yoga figures in them which I really like and have considered revisiting and creating more of.

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I like them because they feel tribal and earthy….and I like that they are celebrating something…

Life, maybe?

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These figures are what led to my sitting yoga people paintings. These are figures who are holding the energy which is represented by a swirly spiral. Atleast that is what I like to think of them doing. I call it the “Holding the Energy” series.

contemplatethepathdetail “Contemplate the Path”, acrylic on paper

tapestryDetail from “She Wears a Tapestry of Ancient Colors”

I still like to create these little yoga folk. Below is the last one I made. My friend Pam owns this one. It’s titled “Holding the Energy VIII”.

HoldingtheEnergyVIIIDetail from “Holding the Energy VIII”, acrylic on paper.

And then I also have figures in my Blue Mountain series (although all the mountains aren’t always blue).

Sing-to-the-MountainDetail from “Sing to the Mountain”

One of my favorites is the below painting.

my-house-is-as-big-as-the-moon“My House is as Big as the Moon”, acrylic on paper

I also have figures in my Native American motif series.

whitebirdKnows“White Bird Knows”, acrylic on wood

One of my newest paintings has a contemplative maiden in it. She’s holding a heart close.

feelpeace2“Feel Peace in Your Heart”, acrylic on wood

As I painted her, I wanted her form to look similar to my painting “She Wanted the Rainbow, So She Put Up with the Rain” which I did for a Fundraiser  called the “She Project” . The person who thought of this fundraiser gives the participants a saying and you have to spend 2 hours creating a painting and it has to include the saying you received. Then the paintings were put up for sale. I thought it was a fun and successful fundraiser. I participated in it 2 different times.

She-Wanted-the-Rainbow-so-She-Put-Up-with-the-Rain“She Wanted the Rainbow, So She Put Up with the Rain”, acrylic on paper

But my maiden holding the heart painting didn’t start out looking like the finished piece.

First she started out looking like this.

maiden-1And that was nice but I didn’t really like how large she was and she was a bit too cartoon like. So I changed her.

maiden-2And I have to say it was a bit of a light bulb going off in my head when I thought  of this. That once the paint is down, there is no reason why I can’t put more paint over the top and change it. There are no rules when it comes to art. I say do as you please.

That was how my thought process was working when I decided to paint over her. “Just do as you please. If you don’t like her, then change her”. It’s very freeing to change something if you don’t like it.  Wouldn’t you agree?

And as she developed, I did begin to like her.

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I liked the peacefulness in her face and I liked thinking she holds peace in her heart.

maiden-4Wishing you peace in your heart.