12x12 acrylic on gold leaf
This is acrylic on gold leaf. In person, it is bright with shimmering color. It was hard to photograph because the gold leaf would reflect the flash of the camera. I chose this photo because it best represents the gold leaf. Where it is dark, it is really violet, magenta and emerald green mingling along side each other with little sparkles of gold shining through. It is very festive and when I saw it coming together I thought of the celebration of Christmas and the New Year. These are by biggest annual celebrations I remember and look forward to growing up and all of my life. A time to celebrate, be with family, give, share and to look forward to what is to come.
This painting makes me think of the new year, too, because it makes me think of the excitement of what is to come, chance, opportunity, newness. I was not thinking of these things when I was creating this piece. I think I feel this way because my eyes never get tired of looking at it. The gold leaf and the variations of texture and pattern just keep my eyes moving. I have to say, I was very excited when working on this piece, fearless with no preconceived ideas. I only get to look at it on the screen, however. I gave the original to a friend for her birthday. It fits her personality perfectly.
This year I am setting a goal in my artist journey, but, I am not going to share it in case I don't achieve it. I just wanted to state that I am setting a goal versus all of the years past of just painting and cruising along. But, look at this cool list I found below. I can at least feel good that I can check off some of the rules below. The one that always works if you are down, #7, always create.