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Eternal beauty

Now I’ve done as much background research as I think is possible for each of the seven Goddesses, I feel that I’m ready to picture what they look like for my painting. For me, they are all beautiful, in the traditional sense of the word. But, how does EACH one look? I have hazy shapes and faces floating around within my consciousness, they will grow more distinct as I get into her psyche, and she gets into mine. Eyes will search out mine, a sensual mouth, the line of a jaw, the hairline, will all fall into place, bit by bit, for each Goddess, of that I am sure……………..

But, to help me focus more on the specifics, I’ve returned to a favourite way of mine of crystalising a fantasy face. I’ve gone back into my old archives of images, most cut from magazines over many years, some going back decades. A face that’s caught my eye, an expression, a look, a concept- they’ve all been collected and saved. They are all there because at the time of my finding them, it set an idea in my head, of something that might be of use at some time in the future. Well, it looks like the future may be now. I rifle through the collection, discarding many, but finding a few of use for my purposes. Some of the worlds most beautiful women, some a nameless model then and still, others now  more famous than they were then, some less famous then than they are now, some still living, some dead. But, they are all beautiful. Very beautiful. and they will inspire me. I may not use all of the face as in the picture, I may widen the mouth, or change the hair, use the eyes from one, and the nose from another. But, they will become my beautiful Goddesses………….bit by bit………

4 thoughts on “Eternal beauty”

  1. I always find it fascinating to hear about how creative people formulate their work.

    I know that, for me, it can be a phrase or a story and, once it's in my head, it just won't go away until I've at least written it in draft.

  2. Jackie Adshead

    Joanna – It's such a big part of me I sometimes forget that other people don't do what I do, to create.

    That's interesting to hear about you with your crative ideas – and good that you can keep it in your head until you get chance to write it down. That way you don't lose it.

  3. Jackie Adshead

    Nitebyrd – Thankyou, I think so too and am very excited about this opportunity to paint them!

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