I’m really happy to be able to share this with everyone. This has been a really good lesson in persistence and discipline for me. When I started this piece I don’t think I really understood what I was getting myself into. Just incase you’re thinking about doing anything remotely like this in watercolor I have to recommend that you reconsider some other medium. I tried to convince myself of the same thing early on in the process of this piece but had gone too far along to do anything about it. I have come to realize that there is something in me that just loves doing things the hard way. This painting became so overwhelming that I just gave up and put it aside and thought that I would just move onto some other things. It seemed like the easier solution at the time but recently I realized how much of a block this piece had created in my own personal work. It was really unhealthy to have this unborn piece waiting under a pile of papers. In a way it was blocking me from moving forward creatively. So I decided to put it back on my table and work on it till it was finished. So after many hours here she is. Today is also a special day because it is also the birth of my niece, Sloane. Happy Birthday to her!
The piece was the first painting that I started after getting back from the Amazon and working in my own studio. Its based on the anatomy of my own eye except I’ve taken away the edge of the iris to represent a removal of limitations that I have created for my own life. At the same time it becomes the eclipse with the moon in front of the sun with light radiating outward. Looking back it was a time in my life where the elements were aligning to set the stage for where I am today. Its funny how much my aesthetic has changes in the past 3 years. As I was completing this piece I thought about how this looks nothing like my current style of work. Its not that I don’t like it, its just different. I’m happy to have incorporated more color and vibrancy into my work. I consider this a new slate. Now I understand that in order to get to this point I needed to take the time to clean it.