Phoenix

Phoenix-01 Symbols In Art

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How many interpretations can a circle have?

Assignment: take a piece of paper or open your art journal and draw a symbol or few for each of the below words, draw what first comes to mind, even if it does not make entire sense to you. Add more words, if I forgotten of some symbols. This is your intuitive artists coming forward to add meaning to your future art. Note which of the symbols your drew are quite conventional (most of the people draw it like that), and which ones are unique to you. Take the unique ones and try to incorporate 1 or 2 into the story art of this project. If new symbols some to mind in a middle of your project - go with the flow. Don't care much if people will understand your symbols, your art is expression of your uniqueness, stay true to yourself.

road

moon

sun

cross

rainbow

circle

bird(s)

door

tunnel

ladder

butterfly

angel

halo

crown

tree

time

necklace

patterns

house/ home

flower(s)

rain

star

snow

heart

Phoenix-02 Setup

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Setup for this artwork: 

 

140 lbs (300 gm) paper 14"x20", please use wrapped canvas or canvas panel, 9"x12" or 12"x16", it does not matter

wet palette (see making wet palette video on intro page of this workshop)

acrylic gel medium, or matt medium, or gloss medium

discarded credit card to smooth collage pieces

collage pieces (cut out and torn from magazines, napkins, wrapping and tissue paper, vintage ephemera etc.)

sponge to dab a paint with

rag to wipe a brush on

stamps

Stabilo All in blue (or black, or watersoluble pencil, or charcoal pencil)

HB pencil to sketch composition

brushes, I use filberts (flat ones with roundish corners), but you can use any brushes you prefer

photo images of a face, hands, bird/object & landscape that you like,  for reference (see below my Pinterest links)

porcupine stick (or any sharp tool to scratch into wet paint)

acrylics:

hansa yellow (take any other yellow, e.g. cadmium yellow light or medium)

pyrrole red (take any other red, e.g. napthol red, cadmium red light, quinacridone red)

phthalo blue (you can use ultramarine instead)

alizarin crimson (you can take permanent magenta or quinacridone magenta instead, but you don't need this color if you already have 1 type of red)

phthalo turquoise (you can mix your own turquoise by talking any blue, e.g. phthalo and adding tiny bit of yellow, however if your collage is not turquoise like mine, you don't need to include this color at all)

titanium white

 

You are welcome to look through my Pinterest boards:

 

Phoenix-03 Collage Background

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Phoenix-04 Composition

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You can approach this composition like I do in this project, but if you feel not ready to sketch bits and pieces from 4 different references, you are welcome to use composition approach from project 1 or 2. There is no rights or wrongs in making art. Make it easy for yourself, please do not stress. :)

Phoenix-05 Face

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Reference image I used:

You can also use one of the below images. Please note: I do not hold right to any Pinterest or online images. Please use sensibly as a reference or light and dark and overall pose, do not copy identically.

Phoenix-06 Hands

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Reference image I used:

You can also use below images as reference:

Phoenix-07 Bird & Background

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If you are tempted to paint a bird, ask yourself if you are drawn to light or dark birds, real or imaginary? Ask yourself why? You don't have to explain yourself to the viewer, but understanding your preferences helps to put emotion and meaning into your work.

One more Pinterest board that might inspire you:

Beautiful Phoenix drawing by Verreaux.

Beautiful Phoenix drawing by Verreaux.

 

What to do if you painted a background or any other part of the painting, but you are not entirely happy with it? After I was done with the artwork it lay down for 3 days on my desk, then I decided to repaint it. I browsed on internet in search of inspiration, and got inspired by the work of Christine Woodside. So I took a brush and gave my landscape another go. When you are inspired by another artist's work, please be sensible to not copy it, but rather be nudged in the direction of your inspiration. 

Phoenix-08 One More Upgrade

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Christine Woodside More of her incredible work can be seen HERE.

Christine Woodside

More of her incredible work can be seen HERE.

Inspiration stream on symbolic art:

Elvira Amrheim

Elvira Amrheim

Frida Kahlo

Frida Kahlo

Jeanie Tomanek

Jeanie Tomanek

Katrin Welz-Stein

Katrin Welz-Stein

Konstantin Vasiliev

Konstantin Vasiliev

Margolzata Lazarek

Margolzata Lazarek

Marc Chagall

Marc Chagall

Nicoletta Tomas Caravia

Nicoletta Tomas Caravia

Véronique Paquereau

Véronique Paquereau