Saturday, December 19, 2009

Circle of Prayer [acrylic on canvas panel, 14”x11”]

circle of influence

This painting is another one begun with a variety of Golden’s acrylic mediums textured with my stash of mostly household odds & sods.  It’s a fun way to begin.  Here’s what it looked like at various stages along the way:

  1. Just a bunch of texture with the first bit of painting on it.  At this point I am forcing myself to keep it abstract – a hard job when I can “see” subjects popping here and there.IMG_0349
  2. Here I’ve tried to glaze off some of the extreme purple and make some “bones” to hold it together. IMG_0353
  3. Texture detail…  some of it is 1/8” or more thick molding paste, some lines of tar gel drizzle, flat gesso areas scraped in places, etc.IMG_0354
  4. At this point I was unable to deny the the obvious scarf covered woman’s head in the top left …  I came back to subject again with these abstracted figures by painting their hands and faces white and glazing skin tones.  This still needs more bones to hold it together. Although I have added some opaques throughout the painting, they are not jumping out nor are they obvious enough to hold the hands and faces in a context.  IMG_0358
  5. I’ve now added more opaques in a grid which, I hope, completes the of influence Am I done?  I think I’m close.  This is one of those paintings that I have to sleep on.  Cheers!



  1. Thanks so much for showing us the various stages...interesting how you got to where you did. I really like the final piece.

  2. I love this picture Cheryl. One of your best !

  3. This piece is worth much more than a monetary value to me. Caught within is a harmonius and melodious interaction of humanity. Thanks for sharing your gift with us.