Well the snow’s been useful – it means I can stay in and paint! I’ve been working on the second, proper painting, of “Living Flame”. My spiritual healer friend thought it a big task, and asked me if I’d have problems painting it a second time, and I replied that I doubted it. If I’ve done it once, I can do it again! So, instead of showing you the painting, I’ll show you the two together, so you can see what I’m talking about, and compare them. The “proper” version is as close as I can make it to the original “working painting”. They are both in acrylics – used in the style of thin watercolours – but the original is on acrylic board whereas the proper version is on watercolour paper, as it was decided that to frame it, some of the image would be lost under the mount, and if I painted a larger border of background around it, then that could be “lost” under the mount without detracting from the image. Its a good idea to do that, anyway, as its a large image (20 x 16 inches) and since its on watercolour paper, the framer will want as much paper as possible to be able to hide behind the mount and stop the paper buckling.
Its not often I paint a picture twice – I usually get bored – but this painting has been a pleasure to paint a second time, to capture the light, the colour, the line, and tone. And I think she’s beautiful, this living flame……..