I have been working on this oracle deck shown above for a while, but as I have so many other projects going, it is still in a dummy stage with just my writing on the cards. I bought blank poker cards from Amazon a while back and I have used them for several m0ckups. I think there were 1000 cards in the pack I bought.
This deck is intended to offer insight and direction for artists and their artistic careers. It may end up being just something for me to use, but I did go ahead and order a mockup with printed words rather than just my handwriting which I hope to receive soon.
For now, I will use the cards as they are. I am still in the creation stage with this deck so we will see how far I can take it.
For my previous comic strip post, I did pull cards from this same deck and it led me to finishing an old comic strip from last year. I pulled the above cards at the same time, so I did a little planning based on my card pulling session. Anyhow, I finally got around to doing the following abstract paintings.
I intuited and felt from the cards shown that I was to do a painting in acrylic that is abstract and has circular and wave forms throughout. I put it off for several weeks and while meditating last night, I felt it was time to get a start on this project. I felt and heard the words “yellow” and “acrylic” and I just knew I would have to make my painting yellow throughout.
After meditation last night, and receiving insight, I got my painting supplies out and ready for today. It helps to set things up the night before painting so when I wake up and go into the studio, everything is ready and waiting for me to just dive in. A lot of times, I will procrastinate due to not wanting to drag everything out and set it up. Think having a few hours to work and chores to do and who knows what else and then having to spend 20-30 minutes just to set up and get supplies ready. I tried to make it as easy as possible to get in and work and move on.
Above and below, you see my assortment of yellow acrylics. I have not used acrylic paints in many years and I never thought I would get back into it again, but the cards pointed towards acrylics and who am I to argue. I did argue. With myself. For days. But I got to it and though I didn’t know what to expect, I knew it was time to face the acrylic music.
Above, you see my palette which still had paint on it from the last time I used acrylics. I never bothered to clean it and I just went with it. I got some paper towels ready last night. The paper towels I use to keep the paints wet while working. Acrylics tend to dry quickly and when you put them onto a wet paper towel, they last longer. Paint prices can add up, so any bit of paint saving adds up in the long run.
I am using a panel that was pre-prepared by a manufacturer. I know some people who are really picky about how their canvases are prepared and spend hours and hours making sure it fits their preferences, but I am not that picky. I usually just want to get started and paint and I like to be spontaneous with my preparation.
In the above two pictures, you see a large #40 brush and the pallete with wet paper towels in it. I am getting things ready today and prepared to paint in these photos. Below, you see the palette with the different colors I am using. It is a limited palette with mostly yellows and some raw sienna, burnt umber, and ultramarine blue, along with yellow ochre and, of course, white. I had accidentally added a bit of oil colors and had to stop mid paint. I heard that this was my “mixed media” as mentioned by the cards that I pulled. It seems the cards were trying to warn me that I may use the wrong type of paint. (Oils and acrylics do not mix, just like water and oil don’t mix either.)
I used Yellow Ochre as a base coat for this painting. I have used this color many times in the past as a base coat. It just so happened that I had a very small canvas that I had prepared a long time ago, but never got to, so I decided it was best not to waste it. I used it to warm up. But first, I added a coat of yellow ochre with a very large brush to the larger canvas (the one not yet prepared). While it dried, I did some work on the tiny square canvas
I got to this point (shown above) on the small mini canvas while the paint was drying on the larger canvas. It helps to work on a smaller insignificant piece to get into the mood to paint larger and to dust off any mental cobwebs while warming up. This is just a throwaway item or something that is not as precious as the larger painting. Warming up before starting on an important work allows any mistakes to be kept to a minimum. It is like stretching before working out. You have to loosen up and prepare before the heavy lifting. Plus it is just fun.
I added another quick layer of paint to get an idea of what I wanted the painting to look like. I was trying to stay with the theme of circular or wavelike marks as mentioned in the cards. I wanted it to flow and be loose and to show movement of some sort. As I planned the rest of it and let it dry some, I worked some more on the smaller canvas. I played with the limited palette to see what I was getting into. I developed it a bit but it is still far from being done.
I painted the edges on the small painting because I think it looks cool with a full cube-like appearance.
Then I got to the meat of the matter and put another run through of paint on the large canvas.
This was maybe 2 hours of work time total (this whole post) and it was a blast to get to do it finally.
At this point, I felt I had a direction to go in for the rest of the painting and decided to break for lunch and to do laundry and take care of my pets. I will return to this tomorrow most likely and try to get “Lucky Lou In Las Vegas” done concurrently.
I had fun with this and I felt I had unearthed a large portion of who I was and what my interests were prior to Angel Messages Of Light. I also felt I released a lot of past karma and regrets as well as saw my previous work from a different perspective. I realized that it had been a long time since I was really satisfied with what I was doing and I felt some meditative states that I have not had while making art in a long time.
I realized that I had gone down a negative path in my thoughts and moods when I was making paintings like this years ago. I have not painted this way in such a long time and I didn’t realize how low and depressed I had been back then. It is really good for my soul development to be able to revisit past emotions from a higher perspective. It is like the act of painting in a previous style forced me to relive the past while also allowing me some therapeutic insights. It really was what I needed and I questioned why I waited so long to get back to this style. I guess I saw myself and my work as a failure and not a “high vibrational being” that I read about and wanted to emulate.
It turns out this was not such a bad way to go.
I tidied up some and put some plastic wrap over the wet paints to try and preserve them for tomorrow. Here’s to happy painting!