This is a self portrait I painted recently over a week as an experiment working with a very minimal palette.
I've had a vision for a while of depicting myself with long magical paintbrush fingers, painting the world into being, channelling and weaving with the gossamer threads of the celestial world.
When I create I feel the art move through me, I feel spirit move through me. My hand is not so much at work as I feel something greater at play. It is a such a pleasure to be surrendered to the gushing tide of the creative flow.
I show myself with a gilt sri yantra at my crown. This represents the seat from which I work in my artwork and inspiration. The aum of Aum Yami is a reference to the divine aum, unity consciousness, the point at which with all ego is dissolved and duality diminished we find ourselves in Oneness. Its wholeness sweeps through many moments a day when I connect to this place within me. It is a place without thought, without fear, of profound peace and knowing. a state of the absolute.
And I honour the role of the collective in my work, of the realms which stream through me when I paint and channel. I am a vessel for the Divine.
We all are.
I have put together a short video using till images so you can see the process I went through to realise the painting. I'm using lead white, burnt sienna and van dyke brown and an acrylic imprimatura of windsor blue (largely because I'd left my kit up the coast and was down to basics).
I enjoyed playing with the tonality and light source within the painting and am considering it an experimental piece developing to a larger work which may be the creative evolution of the portrait as well as a stylistic play point for me.