I just finished a work titled “The Cinder Eye” and here I show the steps of my work.
I did not start with any topic in mind. The painting started to show as I put layers of paint and gesso. Below is step one.
I decided to use an old painting that went wrong as my substrate. I cover with gesso and add some paint.
Step 2. I randomly spread the paint and add more gesso. I use different techniques to spread the paint such as water spray and a cc. If you look at the white gesso area there seems to be a female face in profile. This is where my painting starts to take form.
There she is, I outline and correct the silhouette. I also see a hand and 2 glasses. I am beginning to love it. She just showed up! About the topic, I have a few ideas at this point.
Here she is. My final painting, and her story follows:
The Cinder Eye
My girl is a stage actress.Her avant-garde look and the little stage with the red curtains on the lower left corner tie who she is with what she does. The scene happens in the outdoors. This is very important because the outdoors represent freedom. But she is in a state of restrain! Hence, the blue block, the armless torso, and the sudden arm offering another drink. The drinks represent oppression and denial. She knows she has to overcome the blocks that are keeping her back but she prefers to avoid them and take complacency in the mundane. Her eye is also painted in front view instead of profile and she is looking away as she chooses not to face reality. The little window in the blue wall is a reminder that there is a way to light, to hope, to freedom. There is a way out! She just have to start looking for it. The Cinder Eye is all about being blocked.