Happy New Year! Today is day one of my 365 Day Creativity challenge. I shall post something creative every day for one year.
I thought a self -portrait was a great way to start. To me, portraits are a super challenge. Especially with the medium of watercolor, if the paint swirls, pools, or dries in an unexpected way you can lose the likeness of your subject. I did my best, but I now fully understand why oil and acrylic would allow for more accuracy!
My inspiration came from a sterling silver spoon my grandmother gave me. I love this spoon. It is loaded with good luck symbols. It is a very special gift to me. What better way to start off the new year than to send myself a little wish for good luck and good fortune! A wishbone,a horseshoe, a 4 leaf clover and a purple heart for bravery. Such sweet sentiments.
Another inspiration came from my great love of ancient mosaics and religious icons. I love the stories and symbols embedded in their portraits. My story begins and ends with color as well as a great love of art, nature and gardening.