A shocking apparition of Beauty as a Magritte-Style illusion painting of a woman who is really a momentary alignment of the Celestial Moon, the ethereal Clouds, and the Terrestrial Mountains and Ocean Waters.
At first glance she appears to pull us in, attract and invite us, but on second glance, shows us that maybe parts of this once-believed-to-be outward journey, is really an inward one. Maybe even a journey that is trepidatious and one that will change us should we be courageous enough to traverse the way.
How I Made this Artwork
"Her Rocks, Her Water, Her Light" started out as a sketch for a portrait, and I was at a crossroads with the background as I wanted to do something with graphite pencil to compliment the sparse highlight of color I initially saw in my mind, but I really didn't have an immediate idea how to proceed.
So I decided to do some digital sketching on my mac to see if I could make a background for the portrait. At worse, just get my mind off the feeling of frustration and artists' block, and maybe, at best, give me some ideas of how to work and stylize something in pencil and soft graphite texture.
After going at it for a while, playing with different nature patterns, I tried using some textures from sky and cloud pictures and suddenly loved the emotions I felt with the stark, strong contrasting clouds.
The painting collage immediately took on a whole new dimension to me, and led me to explore more natural scenes which might amplify the wilderness feeling.
The rugged mountain texture in the background gave me a rush of empathy about how falling in Love or embarking on a new journey feels. The way the mixtures of woman silhouetted in harsh terrain seemed to visualize the poetry of love-as-expedition, love as change, love requiring courage. These emotional breakthroughs made all the efforts to digitally create and crop and mask all these shapes, so ultimately rewarding.
Thinking about a Gift for Someone Special?
"Her Rocks, Her Water, Her Light" would make, in my feeling, a perfect art gift for anyone who is profoundly moved by Love.
Anyone who sees love as a journey.
"Her Rocks, Her Water, Her Light" speaks on many levels - I could see this artwork as a perfect gift for a friend who falls in Love, or for someone who sees of feels that there's more significance to what we appear like physically.
Someone who sees and perceives our bodies partly as illusions in nature Herself, and feels that our own bodies speak more deeply, when we look and allow our intuition and insight, to guide us more deeply.
Art Materials and Supplies that Made this Art
I made this painting with my:
Panasonic Lumix GF3 and various random nature and miscellaneous texture-hunting shots, and
Various Royalty-Free Artist-Quality Texture Resources