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The feminine touch

The oil painting of the seven Goddesses is starting to pull together now and I’m delighted with some of the effects that I’m getting in it. I have a loose idea of how the picture will look but sometimes how it turns out even surprises me….. and I’m creating it!!!! I’m working from this watercolour I did the other week, as my starting point, and love the way the watercolours have flowed and gathered colour, texture and shape. That was why I wanted to paint it in watercolours first, to emulate that special fluid effect within the finished oil painting. But I knew the oils would depict the faces better so that is why the finished piece will be the oils on canvas. Having said that, this painting, although only half complete is alright too. It just needs more work doing on the faces, and some areas lightening and darkening but I’ll return to it once the oil painting is complete. Its weird, in a way, that the two paintings are being painted in conjunction with each other, but they are both helping my thought processes, in different ways – the watercolour shown here, for the background, and the oil painting for the faces but using the basis of this background. And when the oil painting is finished, it will guide me as how to complete the faces in the watercolour. Because I think it will be a lovely painting in its own right. Different to the oil painting though…

I’m delighted with the faces I’ve chosen as my goddesses – there’s Kali with her three eyes, Isis crying for her dead husband Osiris, Innana passionate and courageous, Demeter greiving for her lost daughter Persephone, Diana the virgin of the hunt, Astarte – Queen of the Heavens, Hecate shining and luminous – the Queen of the night. They are starting to evolve from the paper and come to life. This half finished painting is only the start, the oil painting is even better………..