If you can't read it, I wrote "My intention: to grow deeper roots and join more fully the grove I've chosen to be part of (here in the Twin Cities) and To deepen my Jewish spiritual path (which apparently I'm still on)
and, as I said, I signed my whole name, but I'm resisting typing it. Still have a name phobia.
This part was fun! I used a water soluble charcoal pencil for the intention this time after a disastrous encounter with the other kind in another painting I'll blog about someday. It took forever to cover up the charcoal in that other painting, but this time the words just disappeared into the paint like I wanted.
I almost danced as I painted this and I used both hands at once. One paintbrush loaded with blue green and one with yellow green. Then I took yellow and swirled around in all the empty places, picking up a bit of green now and then.
This felt so alive, and then I took a watery magenta which I thought would just softly cover and tint a bit, but instead, it flattened the whole thing out.
I'm still hoping to bring more green back, but it did not feel happy at this point. The painting, that is. Neither one of us.
I still missed my green, and it looked more like a dance of ribbons than like a tree at this point.
I filled in the trunk a little with a couple of different browns, but it looked more like challah than a tree. Yes, that's Jewish, but not what I had in mind. So I brought out the yellow to see what would happen and put some more colors into the branches, roots and trunk.
I stepped back and I swear the yellow inside the trunk pulsated. Really! I never wanted to put the hidden sphere on there and I suddenly saw what would go in that space instead.
.........see next picture......
Until tonight when I got the courage to try to put the diagram on top, using interference paint. In "person" I can hardly see the diagram, but the camera sees it almost too well. I fiddled with the settings to try to get it to look the way I saw it, but the various ways the camera saw this painting are kind of interesting in their own way. Here's the closest to the way I see it first
I had to change the color setting on my camera from "vivid" to "normal" and it still doesn't look right, but at least it made the s'firot and pathways less visible than the other settings. They really don't show up that strongly to the naked eye. Now get a load of the various ways the camera saw the s'firot!
I'll leave you with this version that the camera saw. This interference paint sure does do strange things!
Looks like a photograph of an aura, doesn't it? What unearthly light is reflected in this painting???
I'm not finished with this piece yet. Or maybe it's not finished with me.