There's a local dude here named Al. He's an author / keynote speaker, and does workshops, etc... Helps people figure out their life purpose and reinvent themselves.
Someone gifted me a session with him, and I tried his method - despite that I already feel that I know my purpose - and it was pretty cool. I bartered him the full 4 session package for a painting.
When it came to what he wanted for a painting, he said that he desires a painting creating the artist. I take this to mean that the as a person we think of what an ideal us would be: I would be thinner, more muscular, more energetic, wealthier, happier, etc.... And that image that's in our head - our creation in a sense, is what creates us. It's the guideline for the activites we need to do (using previous examples: sleep better, exercise more, eat healthier, work harder/smarter, focus on gratitude).
So... our creation ends up creating us. At least, that's my interpretation of it. I don't really need much to get started with a painting. Just a sentence or two- in this case, "A painting of the guy, painting the guy". Then I look at who the person is. Al, for example, is very spiritual. He's into a lot of "The Universe" stuff... So... that's the direction I went with, and he loved it.
I took a few photos of him on my cell phone, and then I did the rest at home.... He liked the concept sketches right from the get-go, and has been pretty happy with every single thing I did here.
Now, this painting is good enough to share with y'all, but truthfully, it's not done. There's still things I'm going to add -- things to personalize it for him- some sacred geometry throughout the piece, etc...
So the images here are
1)The Final Piece
2)The original concept image I sent (This is a fairly large painting- so.. on your screen, it probably looks fine- but if you zoom in, you see the lack of detail)
3)Further progress- trying to figure out a color scheme that will pop
5)Almost finished (You can see various incomplete areas)
6)Al holding a pen - I knew I would be changing out the pen for a brush.
7)One of the poses I had Al hold (not sure why Ntopaz is showing it upside down)
8)The final piece again, now that you've seen the pieces.
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