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Seven Main Chakras

Now I am very very careful adding all the final details.

I straighten lines, add darks and shadows then white details till I am happy and feel it is done. The final painting is available to see on my website at :

www.valeriewoelk.com

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Chakra Whites are Revealed

I am able to add a few shadows around the shapes in the symbols and on the figure to give it some 3D feel with the resist still on.Once all is completely dry, I mean totally dry! I usually wait overnight because if you don’t, you will find that watercolor paper does rip and rub off when damp and there is no way to make it look right again. A painful lesson on a finished painting to say the least.

Get ready for a shock! I remove the mastik and reveal the saved white areas. I also go across the whole surface and erase out as much of the pencil as possible. Wa La! Isn’t that amazing?

Chakra Root

Chakra Root Level 1,  is connected to career, money mindset, and sense of belonging. It’s colors are Red and Rose Red and it is located at the base of the spine in the tailbone area.

First I am painting the symbol from the middle out to the exterior . This root symbol is located on the figure base so I have to be careful to preserve the image of the figure in the background. No opaque painting allowed. In order to  the keep the figure separate from the background I drop brushfuls of red into the ray background, to emphasize the outline of the figure. Finally I add darker values to retain the leg edges on the interior behind the symbol and also add  shadow darkness to the symbols to keep them from looking too flat.

Chakra Sacral

Level 2, Sacral Chakra is connected to sexuality and pleasure. It’s colors are Orange and Rose Orange is located right over the sacral bones of the lower back. First carefully painting what looks like some off-center moons in the middle. Then adding a teeny touch of Pyroll Orange. Going in with a light Cadmium Yellow wash on the mosque shapes around the interior circle and then more pale yellow is dropped in at the outside border circle. It is truly amazing to watch how strong reds are so powerful when dropped into any yellow.

Chakra Heart & Solar Plexus

Things speed up now, two symbols at a time are being painted.

Chakra Level 4, Heart Chakra is the connection to love, relationships and self-acceptance. It’s colors are Green and Rose Pink and is located right over the heart. First carefully painting the symbol in rather opaque Sap and Hookers green….

Have you ever wondered how that Hooker’s green got it’s name?

I wet the area around the chest of the figure and drop in Viridian to get a little twang going in the rays extending out between the mastic reserved white rays of the heart symbol. This symbol is interesting with a Jewish looking star in the middle of a sun? Hmmmm.

Chakra Level 3, Solar Plexus is the connection to personal power and the ability to channel. It’s colors are orange and rose orange (salmon) and it is located on the ….solar plexus. That middle cartiledge that makes your ribs stay together in front. I paint the middle of the symbol with another upside down triangle a bright pale yellow and drop a little teeny tiny bit of pyrrol orange (a powerful color) in the center of the pool and watch it spread out beautifully.  This one’s color combo reminds me of the sun, a hot and bright entity. We have now got five out of the seven chakra backgrounds in. Moving right along.

Where we hangout…

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.

Sun Thru Snowy Trees
That familiar sight as you ride a lift up the mountain anticipating a fun ride down.

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.

Amazing isn’t it? Okay, so maybe I aspire to be a ski bum. My son gave me a sweat shirt with that on it. Yep.

Signed the Hawaiian  X-Ski Patroller

Chakra Throat

Things begin to progress nicely with our background wet on wet colors. Chakra Level 5, Throat Chakra is the connection to self-expression. It’s colors are light blue and other blues and it is located at the adams apple area of the throat. First carefully painting the symbol in varying blues, I think of all the air that passes through that part of our body. Blue is probably a real appropriate color for the throat. I wet the area around the figure-throat and apply layers of cereulean blue, royal blue and ultramaring repeatedly till I see the rays the way I want them.

Now I am also washing a little over the figure to be able to see how the shades are showing on that too. There is so much color information in this that I don’t want it to get confusing and too busy.