This delightfully dark and contemplative piece was painted as part of a series of small scale original oils. It’s inspired in part, by the psychological state and land of the “doldrums”, experienced by a character in the novel “the Phantom Toll Booth”. A very ‘blue’ painting in both senses of the word, but also a peaceful, contemplative and mysterious one; a true ‘dream scape’ 🙂
Jessica Ballantyne’s Painting a Day for 30 Days- Day #19
Fleshy Boulders – Inktense on canvas
Today’s painting a day challenge culminated in this piece called “Fleshy Boulders”. They would still hurt if they landed on you!:) To feel compressed, stuck or inhibited by your body is something everyone feels at some stage in their lives and the wish to break free from bodily constraints as well as the sobering realisation that your body is an experiencing vessel for your being, the thing that feels stuck is your ego brain not your being. Death to the ego brain!!!! ;). Here is daily painting number 19:
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Day number 12 and what can I say, I really can’t stick to the format! I have had it in my head for a while to make tiny paintings, to turn them into earrings….and today was the day! Going from huge scale to tiny scale was super, although I could have used smaller brushes, I didn’t have any! I love trees, especially Baobabs, I liked the idea of taking one of the largest trees in the world and painting it as small as I could:)
So here they are, I made three…will be turning these tiny trees into earrings so stay tuned for that by signing up for the newsletter!
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Day six in the painting a day challenge! This daily painting was inspired by a sketch but evolved very differently to how I thought it would. I painted this with a very limited palette (I had left my paints behind) and so I didn’t have the darker blues (I added them in later) I did have red, however, and I had Africa on my mind.
I thought as I was painting the face, it looked very African and I started painting a lions mane around the face and body. The lions mane turned into grass which reminded me of the open plains (or veld) in South Africa. As I was using a bit of red, this carried the red brush strokes into what was now the field. It was then that I saw the fire and built it up. I was struck by how the psychology of the figure was somehow related to the fire and brought fourth questions about the nature of the figure, her psychology and her surrounding landscape.
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Day four of the Painting a Day challenge. I literally spent the entire day painting this surreal figure and it was such a joy! I like representing abstract thoughts and feelings as tangible figures or creatures. This is a surreal landscape with a figure. I titled this daily painting “Gathered Moss” after I had completed it. I realised it resembled feelings of stagnation and anxiety and the proverb “A rolling stone gathers no moss” sprung to my mind.
I used three different greens with blue and yellow in the rocks which gave them a lovely mossy look.
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