28"x42". Oil on canvas. 2015.
I only recently began painting in March of 2014, and began using oils only this year. My paintings so far have been somewhat experimental, learning techniques as I go. My first oil paintings were a series of egret paintings, all inspired by the same photograph of a seabird on a stump that a friend took on his vacation. I painted it in three very different ways.
The third painting was done with a unique effect using many colorful squares. The painting process was really enjoyable for me. I love working within the squares. It's freedom within my own set limitations! As a mama of 3 and a weeknight waitress, sometimes all I have time for is small goals in my limited free time. One square at a time!
I found this to be very therapeutic, and the finished pieces have turned out more beautiful than I imagined!
I decided to take this "square" effect to a whole new level, and begin a series of large paintings in this style! I came across a dreamy photograph of a bride and her bridesmaids, taken by Hunter Leone of Three Nails Photography, and I knew I needed to paint it! (with permission of course)
I began the underpainting in the beginning of July and finished the final touches under the Blue Moon on the 31st. It felt very magical!
Someone asked me if it was of The Fates of Greek Mythology. I did a google search and found that this painting had a striking resemblence to many other artistic portrayals of The Fates throughout history!
I had originally titled this piece "Moirai: The Three Fates" because of this resemblance! I recently revoked this title for a number of reasons. For one, the Moirai were ugly, wicked old women. As the mythology goes, they controlled the fate of every mortal being from birth until death, and were quite sinister in their dealings. The women in this photo are just too lovely and graceful!
Secondly, the original photograph was not my creation, and it doesn't feel right to give it my own title! Hunter Leone has referred to the photo as "The Maids", so I would like to honor that. :)
I have already shipped out four prints titled "Moirai: The Three Fates". The other 96 prints in this limited edition will be left Untitled (The Maids).
I am excited to be getting started on the next large painting in this series, and hope to have a solid collection of at least 10 more by next summer.
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