Started this painting 2011, A-level. I neglected it until I rediscovered it during my deep clean. 2020 complete with banyangs and chain.
Oh I’m learning how to drive :S only stalled twice today :D. Anyway today for some reason I really felt the need to go back to the stage of painting my grandma; fueled by my monochromatic phase I wanted this piece to be in grayscale. From my last post I explained the situation my family faced the past two years. The painting is of my grandma at the memorial of both her husband and son, so she was in an emotional state. She doesn’t like showing her emotions but according to my mother who was present on the day she couldn’t control herself. The painting is of the final moments of the memorial, and it is evident that she was all cried out. The image was quiet haunting at first but it’s funny how our minds are unable to process human suffering for a long time unless you’ve been in that situation; resulting to empathy for the subject. Yes I lost my uncle and granddad but I cannot imagine the pain it caused my grandma.
The painting is in acrylic with a thinner on an A2 canvas, I love the control the thinner allows me to have with acrylic.
You know there is something wrong when you paint all night until you hear the birds sing -_O” So I’ve been working on this study with my camera obscura thinking oh thank you Jesus for this brilliant cheat; until I noticed the shadows in the image made up 50% of the entire composition -_- When an image is like this I prefer working from dark to light. Meaning I had to paint the whole canvas black….. meaning I would have to draw the whole of the composition by eye… so I basically wasted 45 minutes tracing something that was going to be covered up. I’m tired ok. So I spent 4 hours having to draw the rock formation by eye on a canvas I blacked out (fix it Jesus!). But the fun part is yet to come, as I get to play around with my oil paints; which I haven’t done in a while. I blacked out the canvas with a mixture of black and blue, not only does this create the illusion of depth; it is also going to help with the colour composition as the rock formation does have traces of orange moss. I love painting in my room. Studio space is cool and all, but there’s nothing like getting out of bed and picking up a brush.
So I’ve literally just got back from the studios and I’m exhausted! I wanted to get the main bit done. See I find that doing the hardest tasks first allows me to coast and enjoy the rest of the painting process. I’m so happy the worst is now behind me, now it’s just a case of putting the finishing touches. The student in me was ready to order a pizza but Dominos is shut -_- just when I needed them, and I’m the type of person that only has stuff that needs cooking for more than 30 minutes. Oh well, late night cooking, it’s not like I haven’t done it before 😛 So as you can see the base painting was actually a template for my Chitenge design, I was going to stencil the whole design but the time to find spray paint was not even worth stressing about. It looks like I have kept to some sort of rule, I’ve actually painted the whole of this part of the composition without relying on masking. Yup I went old school, ruler and a steady hand. The rest will be masked, as I really don’t see myself finishing on time if I don’t. Call it cheating? I really don’t care I’m claiming artistic license.
I heard your plea ages ago. I will stop messing with your mind, just promise to be a good friend because that’s all a brotha needs. I asked for plenty drama on DA CANVAS and boy does it take over. BUT LIKE I SAID SLEEP IS THE ENEMY! I REBUKE IT IN THE MIGHTY NAME OF JESUS, pshh I’ll just crash and burn on the days I feel the lowest. So OLLIE! This is taking longer than I thought, I told myself 2 days but hey I’ll be done tomorrow (well today) after my tutorial where there will be plenty SEARCH FOR MY TONGUE -_- OH I love the privileges my race has sometimes, I get to be put into a category that fits the stereotype but it’s all good this negro will run tings soon, and best believe those close to him will benefit in ways they thought would be impossible but in the words of BEYONCE (DIVA screaming into the microphone to show just how well she can control her voice) It’s the little glimpse of LIGHT that makes the DIAMOND REALLY SHINE and u already is a star BUT unless ur FLAWLESS Then ur dynasty ain’t complete without a CHIEF LIKE ME!!!!! All you need is a crazy person with a great understanding of the gospel. 😉 So LEMMI UPGRADE YOU!
More is to be done on the face but you get the idea 😀
So as you should know we Christians LOVE EACH OTHER!!! So I have plenty Mums in the church back home. Mumma S has been feeling low and for good reasons too, see I like to use art as a tool to aid spiritual recovery. The Geist told me to, I hope you like it mum 😀 This took me a good 2 days worth of painting (don’t ask me the times just know that I AM ALWAYS TIRED!!!!). See art is a gift and a curse, you produce work that has a spiritual resonance at the cost of your body suffering in the process. But it’s all good (LSP) these lumps of flesh have been well trained! So best believe when my BODY’S TELLIN ME NO……..MY MIND MY MIND IS TELLIN ME YEEEEEESSSS! that’s right I can fight temptation like the best of them (Gospel choir leader in overalls with matching gold sash and shoes) MHMMM DAT’S RIGHT PRAISE JESUS! I was going to do this earlier but work+fear of meeting with deadlines (even though they are all the way in MAY mumma G SEE WHAT YOU HAVE DONE) had me leaving this to last minute but I’m coming home for Easter (I love Oxford but NA UH this negro’s smarts can be exhausted too) and to ensure safe delivery I will give this to you mumma S (God Bless the Royal mail but some things are best posted by hand). 😀
40 x 50 cm Oil on Canvas
(Jamaican voodoo priestess) LET MEH INTRODUCE YOU TO MYSTIC SN! Me tell ya dat me nah get no sleep so struss when me se ME TIRED!!! ALL DA TIME. But it’s ok I’m back (to my normal anyway) mum always said if life gets too stressful pshhhh sleep it out. So back to the sublime, you’ll need to do your research on this one as I said I’m tired of repeating myself. Now in a world that looks like all hell is about to break loose the mystics have a way of keeping the PEACE, according to the chemistry definition, Sublimation is when a substance skips a step and jumps straight to another phase, (from solid to gas missing the liquid phase see I spoil you). Now I love diamonds (blame Hollywood and every rapper I look up to) good examples of the sublime. Remember one possible definition of Sublime is the knowledge that man gets from the cosmos (NERD ALERT!!!!) So we artists – our bezzy mates the philosophers and who ever questions stuff a lot – can tap into the theory of the Sublime and wonder what is truly out there? It’s amazing because the Sublime is a subject already being tapped into by the musical muse O_o” the very reason why Rihanna, out of the blue, is telling everyone to SHINE BRIGHT LIKE A DIAMOND O_O”
20″ x 16″ Acrylic on canvas