Creating Activation (painting process and time-lapse video)

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sketching and first painting pass

What a joy to paint this new piece! I’d been itching to get back to the studio, and grabbed a large panel for this work. I wanted to go deep because I had a lot to express with this one.

I spent five days on her face because I want my faces to be full of life and sparkle. I worked with water-soluble oils for six days until I was satisfied.

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a face comes to life!

Shifting to the abstract lightning bolt eyes let me loosen up and play. I choose light neon pastels as my palette to contrast with the night sky and reflect what awakening feels like, to me.

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(detail) she’s got those lightning eyes

This next part feels like carving. With the black paint, I carve away at what’s there to reveal what’s underneath – the void of cosmic space. It’s symbolic of the star dust we’re all made of. Michelangelo says it best:

Every block of stone has a statue inside it and it is the task of the sculptor to discover it.

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“carving” out space

A peek into the studio:

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my happy place

I’m deeply influenced by the ancient Celtic knot-work in illuminated manuscripts. This is my freestyle version:

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(detail) freestyle knotwork

Here’s a speedy time-lapse of the whole process. Two weeks condensed into 2 minutes!

Hope you enjoyed a peek into my process! Stay tuned for more behind the meaning of this piece.

♥ ~ Meghan Oona

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