Sharada Navratri, nine nights (ten days) which celebrates the many faces of the goddess, is a post monsoon season autumn Hindu festival which often falls in the Western calendar months of September-October. I take liberties to honor the Goddess in any form, not just the Hindu manifestations.
I’ve been very depressed lately…
I thought it might be good
for me to participate in Navratri…
I have painted goddess in
HUGE and small formats.
Sometimes creating the images
loosens whatever is in my head to
help me be more creative.
I chose to begin with one of
my favorite goddesses,
the ancient Bird-Goddess.
First sketch, right.
Not happy with it… it got very heavy
and messy, but I know what
I was going for…
Spiraling earthy colorful!
So I sketched the simplest shape,
with just a bit of texture, left,
to mimic the texture on my stone statue.
And I like this one better.
But I wasn’t completely satisfied.
A third, below.
I worked in inks, both waterproof and fluid…
At a middle point I didn’t like it at all,
then decided to paint with
waterproof yellow ink
and other soluble inks.
At this point I can’t even make a
decision about what I like
because I… nope, I changed
don’t like any of these
my mind, I am okay with them!
And I remain stuck as ever:
today I suck I thought I sucked,
but upon seeing them two days later,
I am okay with this effort,
and even a bit joyful about them..
Navratri in other forms, as it is a transliteration: Nauratri, Navarathri, Navaratra,
Navratam, Nauratam or Naraate. It literally translates as “nine days”.
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Hahnemühle Nostalgie Sketchbook,
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Kakimori Brass Nib with these inks: De Atrementis Document Urban Grey ink, De Atramentis Document Black ink, De Atramentis Document Brown ink, De Atramentis Document purple ink,
De Atramentis Document blue ink, De Atramentis Document Yellow ink, Super5 Frankfurt ink, Super5 Australia ink, Super5 Atlantic ink, Super5 Delhi ink,and with Super5 Frankfurt ink.
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