Tuesday, September 9, 2008

mother in Zion


O.K, this is a big leap of faith for me, but there is no sense in dawdling, so here goes: I decided to try and create a painting for my church's art competition. I've had this idea for it for five months and it won't leave me alone, so despite my obvious lack of skills, I am going to create this beast even if it doesn't turn out good enough to submit to the contest.

The subject is a modern day mother in Zion. She is carrying a torch and turning back towards the opposite direction to show the way for others to follow. She is sweaty, obviously been in a few battles, and carries a few scars and recent wounds. She is tired, confident and determined. She carries a sleeping infant on her back and a small child clings to her left side. She will have leather cuirrass (chest armour) and a spear in her right hand, symbolizing protection and weapons of the gospel. Lotsa symbolism going on in this one.

I have gotten my photo references and messed with sketches that keep turning out horribly and not at all what I envision in my head. But, when I did a color thumbnail (a very small color rough for values, line and composition about 3 x 4 inches) I felt more encouraged. I think I'm going in the right direction now. I'm going to forge ahead and paint the thing ala prima....which means no detailed sketch, no layers and layers of color. It will be very loose and painterly...my favorite way to apply paint. I will go for mood and emotion, not details. gulp!!!

Posting it here commits me to finish it. This blog is a good task master. Nothing like making things public to keep a person driven and honest! Wish me luck!

3 comments:

tlc illustration said...

It sounds like a great concept and I quite like the color comp.

Even if you are painting this directly, are you going to have photos to refer to for face and other anatomical detail? Or lighting - since your lighting is fairly dramatic?

Good luck!

The Art of Kim Kincaid said...

Anita, There is something very compelling about this simple color study. Really! I like how it materializes out of the shadows. Can't wait to see the next step.
(I just got my photo references today...you are way ahead of me).

Simply This and That said...

Luck! ;o} ooxx~jod