The other day when I tried to sit down to meditate my body was zinging with energy.
I have a few tricks I use to channel that energy,
including a shaking or vibrating exercise I learned years ago in yoga class.
A few minutes of that usually gets all my cells aligned
and the energy flowing in unison,
which brings this kind of imagery for me.
I thought I'd document and deconstruct the layered process
that gets me to the final product for you.
I started with gesso, a sketch, and stitching.
Then I recoat with gesso, which I forgot to photograph!
Next came a coat of a mixture of Raw Sienna and Aurelin hue, which I painted in and rubbed out.
I followed that with Ultramarine Blue hue,
Again, painting on and rubbing off.
To separate the inner area (around the body), from the outer (outside the stitching), I darkened the outer with Raw Umber, and then I used rubbing alcohol to remove some of the paint from the stitching.
For those that don't know, rubbing alcohol works as a solvent for acrylic paint, and removes it beautifully.
I finished up with Pthalo Turquoise, over the areas that I had rubbed out with the alcohol, and this is the final piece!