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Thursday, 21 June 2012

Illustration Friday: Secret

I don't like secrets.
Even when told a nice secret I get too over excited and find it almost painful keeping it to myself as I can't stand the suspense!
If I'm asked by someone to keep any sort of secret, I take that very seriously and won't tell a soul. I'll ask permission to reveal it to others and only then will tell those closest to me and trust that they know they are the chosen few.
The picture that I've painted (above) for Illustration Friday is a page form my art journal.
 (close-up detail)

It has its own secrets. 
The first layer was writing about how I felt, private thoughts that needed to pour out. I layered gesso and inks over the top to disguise what I'd written and in some way to heal too.


It seemed to work. :)

17 comments:

Robin Larkspur said...

Imaginative and brilliant way to rid oneself of those oppressive secrets! The colors are emphatically helpful!

Rachel said...

What a great idea and you've managed to create something beautiful from it. :-)

Sandra van Doorn said...

Well for whatever reasons the pictures are not opening up.. I'll have to come back (how is that for a secret picture!!) I wanted to say hello anyway :)

martinealison said...

Votre plus grand secret est l'interprétation de votre ressenti qui vous est propre dans votre peinture... Vous confiez à notre regard vos "bébés". Alors nous nous faisons notre propre interprétation.
mais coquine que vous êtes vous gardez votre part de secret...
Bravo pour cette dernière oeuvre... des couleurs explosives et un tout rempli d'émotion et de sensibilité.
Gros bisous.

Cindy D. said...

Wonderful concept for releasing your secrets! Beautiful bright colors and I love that bit with the flowers in the hair.

Michele Thomas said...

This is really beautiful. What fantastic colours!

Carol said...

What a wonderful idea and what a beautiful result.
Carol xx

Amalia K said...

Oh, that is beautiful! I can almost feel the mystery behind the layers of paints. :)

Good to know you can keep a secret when asked. Can I tell you mine? :))

OXOX

renilde said...

like a meditation, working with colors can be so liberating and the result...a joy to look at, x

Ginny said...

I love the story behind this beautiful piece of art. The colors you use are some of my favorites.

Clare said...

Love this piece - there is a secret there but it's not getting told.

Jess said...

I enjoyed layering the gesso so I think this is something I'll do again, secrets underneath or not! ;)
Thankyou everyone for your lovely comments. They mean a lot to me.xx

Tammie Lee said...

I am the same way with secrets.... as life goes on i even figure that people get to tell their own stories, so i try not to repeat other peoples tales unless it supports a truth or lesson.

i love how you hid your secrets in this wonderful painting Jess.

Christina Silverio said...

Beautiful colors, and I love how it was a type of healing process for secrets...brilliant!

Lorraine Young Pottery said...

This ones does hold some mystery, I love it! Great faces.

The colors appeal to me too, I love blues and green. Healing.

HUGS Happy Summer!
Lorraine

w33bo said...

Great pictures, really inventive and expressive. Will be checking back for more!

Jess said...

Thankyou! :) Lovely to hear from you.xx