Valley of the Souls

This piece taught me a lot. I was really drawn to spring colors, and working with them lightened me up, as the March sunlight flooded my studio.

I was thinking about rivers, rain, and the word Hope. I spontaneously painted two different iChing symbols. I thought that was odd, since it’s been years since I consulted the old oracle. The first one stood for “Resolution,” and the second, for “Synergy.”

Valley of Souls abstract urban artwork by Meghan Oona Clifford for home decor
Valley of Souls
30 x 30″ | paints on stretched canvas | original $1200, prints from $20, free s/h

I learned to take my time and not rush with this piece. I let it rest until the next movement came to mind clearly, without trying to force anything. This made me feel  a lot more confident about the process, trusting the visions that came, slow as there were at times.

I also played more with layers, blocking out parts of the first layers with large swaths of color. This made the spaces left open really pop, which I love! It allowed me to frame certain aspects to highlight.

Another lesson I took from this process was to let negative space be. I’ve been tending to fill everything up, but I wanted this piece to have some breathing room. I really had to fight myself to stop when I did. But I didn’t want any clutter, and I’m really happy with how it turned out!

♥ ~ Meghan Oona

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