A guitar playing woman sits transfixed with her beloved Spanish Gypsy soul-mate guitar in her lap, eyes closed while finding the perfect next note to accompany the song she finds herself creating tonight.
Eyes closed, her fingers relax and recline, and behind her eyes notes entwine, feeling for the perfect place to start her song.
Giving in to the rich alluring swirls of colors of her life, letting patterns of her memories mix and play with sensations of her fingertips on the guitar neck, feeling the hungry hollow of the instrument anticipate her pluck of string.
She holds and presses, rhythm surrounds and encircles, patterns behind eyes become alive and leaves emerge from hidden ground while the very first song breaks ground and spreads its leaves to the sunlight of her ears, this Woman in Song.
How I Made this Artwork
The biggest challenge at first was making the burlap staple correctly to the stretcher bars, which was easy only once I took a gentler approach than usually how cotton weave canvas is done on stretcher bars. I would place two staples at one corner place on the bars, then alternate gently pulling across, building up the tension as I went. Otherwise the burlap was so porous that it would easily break away from the staples. But once I got twenty or so staples in, it was easy to give it more tension moving along the edges of the frame.
The next challenge was priming the surface. I didn't want to lose the color of the burlap up-close, but it was so porous that most of my paint fell through it before I figured out a way to properly seal its amazing but porous weave.
Golden Heavy Gel came to the rescue, it was thick enough that using my palette knives I could work the gel over the burlap and it stayed together between the fabric holes. When it dried, you could still see the burlap texture up close, but most importantly for the art, I could begin painting with my Golden acrylics without losing a speck of expensive art material!
I used a lot of my viscosity-splash technique since this painting really wanted to capture the playfulness and sensuality of Latin Spanish Music. I wanted to subtly express the romance and warmth and woeful beauty that is the heart and soul of Flamenco and Spanish guitar.
First I laid down layers of acrylic, some as base layers, then others thinned with Floetrol for transparency, and then the splash layers over Krylon-sealed layers so I could get that beading-effect on the skin and on the guitar.
Thinking about a Gift for Someone Special?
"Woman in Song" is all about beautiful, soulful music and music making.
I would give this as an art gift to any friend of mine who identifies with their guitar and the solemness with which this astonishing instrument transforms into music.
It's perfect for anyone who loves poetry, who loves introspection and deep feeling of where creativity and expression comes from.
A perfect gift for saying you're amazing the way you are, the way you make songs and let me share their beauty alongside you!
Art Materials and Supplies that Made this Art
For this painting I used:
Spray Bottles, (Assorted sizes tiny to very large),
Golden Heavy Gel Medium.