Energy in the form of colors and light, internally spinning with their own emblazoned oceans of currents like ball lightening plasma shine down, bringing what was once out of reach, directly to our hands.
Geometric patterns, sacred spaces interlace and tessalate across whole cosmoses, attracted naturally to those that seek and those that see, especially when ready to receive.
How I Made this Artwork
Abundance began after several sketches of eyes and suns and moons. I wanted to explore the way the shapes of the sun and moon could be synonymous with the cornea, and give the effect of looking out, the same feeling that we get by feeling the the moon and sun look down on us.
Once I got the sketch I liked, I blocked it in with sanguine pastel and fixed it so it didn't smear.
Most of this sketch was playing with color. The lemon yellow, the cobalt blue, the cadmium reds and oranges and thalo and lime greens were all colors I really wanted to have no rules with, I just wanted to move them around and see how they mixed.
What I really loved about making this painting was how the hands weren't something I thought about until already deeply involved in the working of the colors and really digging the way all the colors mixed regardless of conventional "color mixing" rules often talked about. It was somewhere around the aqua light blue area in the upper left that I had the vision that these rays were some sort of material, something more than 'just light,' something that could be felt, maybe even captured.
That's when I started put in the hands reaching upward, as if accepting the illumination. This artwork sat in my studio for a long while before I thought that it would make a great candidate for digital play, and I ended up really loving the more subtle patterns that my Wacom tablet could help me achieve. That's when the rays really started to feel cosmic, partly painted, partly energy.
Thinking about a Gift for Someone Special?
This painting makes me think of all my friends who are seekers of something greater than themselves, either perceiving mysteries about life that aren't often talked about, or intently curious with the way the Universe seems to work things out without us really knowing how it did it. Whether it be in forms of prayer or deep considerations and thought, those friends and people I have had the pleasure of meeting and knowing who see the world as a layer-within-layer, like an onion, those are the ones who this painting most strongly makes me appreciate.
I think if the person you're looking to get an art gift for is like that, is someone who either expresses an effortlessness about life, or encourages a way of seeing the world that is harmonious and tranquil, they might really like a gift of this artwork from you!
Art Materials and Supplies that Made this Art
Some of the materials I used on this were my:
Moleskine Art Plus A3 (Black) Hardcover 16.5 x 12 Professional Sketchbook
CarbOthello Pastel Pencils
Rembrandt 45-Pastel Set
Blending Sticks, and my
Wacom Intuos Pro Tablet and Stylus