The Creation of Lumen

Occasionally the world intrudes on my art practice (the nerve!) and I’m forced to focus on other projects for awhile.

I usually return to the studio with extra intensity, and the work unfolds more effortlessly, having had time to percolate. So even though it sucks to be away from it, the work actually benefits.

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a new face on the easel

I’m fully embracing oil paint for the faces in my Star Dust Collection, and I’m falling in love with it. Acrylics have their own advantages, but for what I currently need, oils are my solution. They’re allowing me the time to layer, and to smooth and blend:

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oils on the palette
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a face comes to life

This young lady was born and I knew light would be coming from her eyes. I love using fluorescents, and these orange and red neons do just the trick:

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neon eye-light

Next, the dark night sky, which really makes the light pop:

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painting the cosmic night sky

Then, the grey-ish teals and magenta of her jacket. It’s just a hoodie, but it becomes so much more:

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lumen’s jacket

I used to batik fabric, and I think working so deeply with negative space helped influence my current knotting technique:

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lumen’s jacket with night sky shining through

Here’s a close up of the 3D knotting effect I create using dark and light values:

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my unique freestyle knot work

Then the stars, and voila! She’s complete! Here’s a video of the whole process:

Hope you enjoyed this peek into my process! Stay tuned for my next blog post about the meaning behind Lumen!

♥ ~ Meghan Oona

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