Skiing this weekend and loving it. The view from the lift is always captivating for me. No better way to spend a day. 49 Degrees North
This is Valhalla at 49 Degrees North. Not too crowded huh? LOL. Love this place. Who says winter is no fun?
Today speaking with a client, I was trying to explain my favorite place to feel closest to heaven. It is almost as though God paints the scene different every single night. Some trees with tinly icicles on each needle, some delicately powdered with fluff on the top of each branch and then some totally encased in a frozen frosting. These thoughts led me to look at a folder of old shots up on the ski hill.
Probably my favorite thing is the way light shows through the trees almost as an invitation. Always a thrill and obviously a favorite of mine as I probably have 100+ shots similar to this in my reference photography. I have done paintings of this frequently…. this is one of my early oils.
The shadows are of my husband and I around 2001-02. This was an early morning right after a heavy snow that left the trees fully cloaked they looked like hunched over creatures in groups. I loved being on the ski patrol, getting up on the mountain for first tracks and watching the mountain transform from sleepy and dark to bright white. No better morning than that. On the hill the same location never looks the same.
Here is another early morning where I stood for 5-10 minutes in this spot taking shots so I could see how fast the colors changed.
Signed the Hawaiian X-Ski Patroller
This mission, should I choose to accept it, is about “the 7 major chakras”. A subject that I know very very little about. “Mission Impossible”, in my artist world…. hurrying to proceed before the message self-destructs!
Here is what my client requested.
Please paint an image of the chakras – they need to be coloured correctly ( 2 specific colours for each) and numbered starting at the bottom. I am open to your creative suggestions always.
- 1 – red and rose red
- 2 – orange and rose orange (salmon like colour)
- 3 – yellow and rose yellow (peach like colour)
- 4 – Green and Rose Pink
- 5 – Sky blue and Violet (sky blue with a touch of rose)
- 6 – Indigo and Purple (indigo with a touch of rose)
- 7 – white and white hued with rose colour
My first step is to find out information about what chakras are, and what they look like. Thank goodness for Google. I was able to sort through a ton of information on the subject and was totally amazed at what is involved. Seven glowing points partnered with different body parts are focused on for healing, colors, scents, foods, and of course the healing yoga positions.
I print out the most helpful info and lay it where I can see it, to help me see things as I start to sketch ideas from the info. Here are two examples of information I found.
Crown chakra, Third Eye chakra, Throat chakra, Heart chakra, Solar Plexus chakra, Sacral chakra, and the Root chakra. Whew! Here is one of the sketches submitted to the client that was approved to go ahead with the chakra watercolor painting mission. Step-aside Tom Cruise!
Finally into the fun colorful part. My backgrounds are important to me, showing me the lighting origin and allowing me to see if I have my image drawn correctly by outline. My technique is applying light washes in layers. Usually looking for the darkest areas to lay in bright colors. Laying the shadows in shows me the shapes.
Triumphantly, a truly elegant soft blossom opens fully to reveal a soft green tint at the center with pink stripes reaching out from the center on light pink petals that are trimmed in the same bright pink on their edges. Another beauty does the same on the other side. Blossoms that open wide with an abundance of soft petals cloistered with delicate colored lace at their edges, they remind me of the soft petals on a rose. The stalk became heavy requiring immediate support with a garden stick by Pete as he arrived home from work.
I am blessed by Peter’s green thumb and for the loving memories I hold dear of Mom that are brought back to me when I look at these beauties. Amaryllis blossoms and Mom are one in the same for me.