This series incorporates studies from life drawing incorporating abstract doodles. I like the combination of the two styles. It looks animalistic and tribal. I am exploring the form, and like how the abstact doodles mask and hide the figure but also can define it too! The series also includes a meditation aspect of my work.
The first work in this series is an oil on canvas painting entitled “Waiting” the other works are drawings using pen, ink and graphite.
The “Waiting” painting was inspired by a painting I viewed at a local art gallery on Merseyside. It is by Lord Leighton, and the subject was Psmathe, the Greek Goddess of Sand Beaches. I am also doing a regular life drawing class, so this is the muse for my painting. My painting is my interpretation and does not attempt to reproduce Leighton’s Painting. It was also a natural progression in my current work of the life series. I have tattooed her back with a Koi fish (also known as carp) which the Japanese associate with perseverance in adversity and strength of purpose. Because of its strength and determination to overcome obstacles, it stands for courage and the ability to attain high goals. It is also Symbolic in Buddhism, to represent courage. Humans “swim” through the “ocean of suffering” without fear, just like a fish swims through water.
The Painting is for sale at £250, the drawings start from £100