The Making of “America”: painting process and time-lapse

How are YOU holding up post-election? I’ve been feeling the deep feels, and I needed to paint it out.

Here’s a step-by-step peek into the studio as I paint “America.” May she be a bit of medicine for you, too.

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In the studio starting to paint “America”

Progress as the underpainting gets filled in, then the lips, hair, and eye. I used oils for the face and acrylic for the hair and tears…

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Face progress

These aren’t little tears. These are RIVERS of tears! Obviously this was pretty cathartic to paint.

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Our collective flowing tears

The heart broke so wide open that the cosmos shines through it. It reminds us – it’s the heartbreak that lets in the light, that activates us, that wakes us up and makes us more true.

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Heartbroken

Here’s the spirit of America as I feel her, right now. Weeping rivers of tears, broken-hearted, but eyes wide open, looking forward.

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“America” – click for original and prints

And a bonus! Here’s a speedy video as I paint “America.”

I’d love to hear how you’re holding up, and what’s keeping you sane and hopeful during these trying times. Wishing you strength and love!

♥ ~ Meghan Oona

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