A start of a new week, the sun is shining, my boys are happily playing, and I have a finished painting to share with you all. Yay!!! Finally, I feel that I can actually use that word, “finished”. I seem to be struggling a bit to know exactly when to stop with my paintings, to know when they are complete. I’ve had a few people now comment when they view my work in person, how they think I should actually stop working any further on a few paintings, or “Liza, I think it could actually be finished, what do you mean you’ve still got work to do on it?!” It’s a very intuitive process, but the intuition to tell me when to stop isn’t quite working effectively yet. I’m too caught up in losing myself in the process and also am a bit of a perfectionist. That may stem from my architectural background I think where everything did need to be perfect and exact. However, painting is a completely different process that I’m still tuning into. I’m also celebrating this week as I’ve been painting now for 6 months, woohoo.
I thought it was timely that my business cards should arrive today too. They say; Liza Zeni, artist & illustrator. These really state the fact for me that now I am following a profession as an artist & illustrator and that this is my professional title. This is such a huge step forward for me and something that my inner voice still struggles with on a daily basis. You may remember this completed painting that I’m about to unveil. I posted an unfinished photo of this a little while back. I loved painting this hibiscus flower and had so much fun doing it with a big smile was spread upon my face the entire time. It sat for a little while before the last little element was added, the stamen.
Some people didn’t even realise it was missing something. I just required the stamen to be painted and for a while I didn’t know whether to do it in colour, white or black. I finally picked up the brush and painted it in black with some silver highlights and I am really happy with the end product.
This painting was the first test run for painting finer detail as another layer across elements of my work. I’ve developed a way to merge my illustrative work with my paintings. I feel like I’ve found my own style and method of painting now and something that is true to me which feels wonderful and a very comfortable place to be in. As you’ll see I’ve used some of the markings I use in my illustrations across the petals of the hibiscus flower. I was quite random with the application this first time and didn’t think about what markings I was using or where I was painting them at all. It was purely to see how I went painting in detail with a fine detail brush and thinned white acrylic paint. Now I know I can do it, I shall do a series of these paintings with different flowers and perhaps stick to just a few markings and patterns to use as a veil across the petals.
I’d love to hear your thoughts, comments and feedback on my hibiscus painting. I’m learning so all constructive criticism is definitely welcome (o: I’m wondering whether I should make this painting into prints to sell on my up and coming Etsy store too?
Have a lovely day, I hope the sunshine is out wherever you are,