One day, as I was driving to work, a song came on the radio...I think it was by Lisa Marie Presley...and an image popped into my head. I had to get it down. So, I found a piece of a paper bag, grabbed a pencil out of my bag,and I frantically scribbled at every red light to get my idea down so I wouldn't forget.
When I arrived at school I grabbed my sketchbook and drew out my image with more clarity and detail. I was pleased and thought I was done with the image.
Eventually, I decided that I wanted to take my sketch and bring it life. I happened upon a sale at Michael's and bought a large canvas that I knew would be just perfect. I was right...24x36 was perfect.
i finally found some time when we had a day off from school. It was a much needed escape from the exhaustian that school has brought.
I laid down the background; then after a while, I came back to add the birds. I had developed a style of birds using multiple colors and a palette knife to create a loose and layered stroke, thick with impasto. They would be great for this image. When it came to the hand, I wanted it in the same style as the birds. I'm gonna admit, it wasn't easy, but I am pleased with the outcome.
This morning I had some time to finish up my painting. I am super happy with the finished piece. It is simple, but it speaks volumes. I hope you like it too.