This is the largest canvas that I have ever worked on. This time I used a chocolate brown base, added my usual textures with tissue, foil and gesso and worked from one of my favourite photos taken a couple weekends ago when we went to the beach. It was fascinating watching this young mum try and boogie board whilst the kids looked on. The little girl in the blue dress was very scared of the water and never let it touch her feet.
I like the warmth of the browns and Impressionist choice of colours. This is actually an interesting combination of my previous paintings with their beach scenes and Adinkra symbols and my new textured pieces. I wanted the colours to feel light and happy to capture the mood of these kids playing in the sand and watching their mum. The symbols represent spirituality, courage and greatness. I chose them for their meaning and their organic designs. I mainly added them because the Adinkra symbols are used everywhere in Ghana. This beach scene could be anywhere in Africa but by adding the symbols I am specifically connecting it to Ghana. Most of my paintings this year have been focusing on the daily life and hard work of the locals but I could not resist this one even though I said earlier that I wasn’t going to paint the beach again. It is such a major part of Ghana’s beauty that it is hard not to capture it.
As it is Sunday (my painting day), I decided to rework some paintings which I was no longer happy with.
With the beach scene inspired from Meet Me There (Eastern Ghana) I decided the image was boring as it looked flat next to my new paintings. So I divided up the page in an interesting way and added Agama symbols which have a special meaning to me. This time I also added some patterns from the fabrics I have seen here. I still might make a few small changes but have it hanging in the living room so I can take my time thinking about it. Overall this image is a lot more like my new style and now has a deeper personal meaning. The last painting had an inspirational statement scratched into the paint whereas I decided to make this one stand out more by painting it.
The dancer has been bothering me for quite a while because of that big yellow swirl leading to her head. The whole image felt too busy and patterned so I simplified it with the contrasting cool colours. I really like this image much better. They look really good as a set.
Lastly, I only had a couple small changes to make on the final painting but got a little carried away. I added more fabric designs, changed the colour of her dress to create more texture and a focal point and painted the sentence instead of having it scratched into the paint. I prefer the colour scheme to before. I may still work on this one but it is hanging in the sudio for now. I hope you like the changes.
I have also painted three backgrounds in the hope that they will encourage me to paint more through the week. I always find it easier to work on my art if I have started something and have the idea. As Sunday is a relaxed day here I find it much easier to generate new ideas and prepare the canvases.