I took the time to work on my second version of The Goddess during this health camp time.
Like my first version of The Goddess, I used our wok as a template for the mandala. After drawing her, I started coloring her face using watercolor sticks and made a disaster out of it. So instead of starting over, I put on a brave face and tried putting on acrylic paint over her face and started over. This was the first time I did that and I was anxious. I left the acrylic paint to dry overnight before starting over. The next day, I started putting on watercolours again but this time reminding myself not to be in a hurry. If you know me, I get carried away by my own excitement and rush everything to finish. This time, as I am being mindful of everything I eat, feel and do. Taking time to be in the step by step process of my art is an awesome feeling. I get to look at every angle of the painting and make changes as I go through the process.
I love the make up I had given her using watercolor sticks and colored pencils. I used the same sticks on her hair, neck area and on the background.
I used the same colored pencil shade on her hair to stress on the outline and blended it using baby oil.
Bad me but I forgot the tangle name of the design I did for the mandala border. It was quite a tedious task as the painting was a bit big in diameter but I did not mind the repetitive activity as it helped relaxed my mind. With this border, I used pigma micron pen 0.4.
The finished version two of The Goddess. I am glad that this project took one week to finish. Working on her a few hours during the day and managing the things I wanted to change made her more dear to me. I hope to develop the habit of walking away from a project and looking at it again with fresh eyes. I already did just that with this and hope to continue on with the succeeding projects. Another thing that made this project exciting was using watercolors over acrylic paint with the addition of colored pencils. This was the first face project that I did that bold move and I am happy and pleased with how things worked together.
Here is a close up look at her face. She looks kind of questioning and sad. I redrew her face three times and the result was always at this expression so I eventually respected the look she wants and worked with her and not against her.