Thirty is a big year for many people. It’s a major turning point where we leave behind our ignorant twenties and start solidifying ourselves in the mold of adulthood. It is the beginning of many wonderful adventures, and from what I hear from older generations it is only the start of the best decades that lie ahead of us. On May 27th I turned thirty-one, and I can say with full confidence, that thirty had been the most pivotal and rewarding year of my life. It was filled with a lot of heartache, depression, and turmoil that transformed into growth, forgiveness, confidence, and love. Twenty-nine was the year that I was found. Thirty was the year that I was smashed to pieces and made stronger through adversity. I find that a lot of the people around me are following the same pattern.
A handful of months ago I was approached by a friend, and was commissioned to create a piece that embodied the woman who she aspired to be in the near future. “A woman who loves herself, a woman who is confident in her capabilities, and a woman who is open to what the world has to offer.” She gravitated toward the “Rose Wine” painting that I did last year in the “Women and Wine Collection”, but she wanted a number of changes and additional elements:
Woman to be of average height instead of very tall
Darker skin tone
Medium length flowing curly hair (black with brown/red highlights)
Maxi dress with loose floral pattern and halter top neckline
Lavender and roses
A headband to represent an element of peace
Background maroon, burgundy, or berry red
I have to say that it was quite a challenge trying to balance everything out (but I really do love a challenge!) To date, this is my favorite digital painting. Thank you, Angelica, for setting up an incredible platform. Without your inspiration, this would not have been possible. Here’s to friendship, and a wonderful decade full of life, love, growth, and adventure!
Above is a slideshow of the step-by-step process, and below is the step-by-step process with descriptions for the making of “Angelica”.