Spellbound was painted in admiration of feminine power, portrayed through traditional imagery and objects of witchcraft. Historically met with intense persecution and violence, witchcraft is now being reclaimed and celebrated. The central figure is left intentionally blurred and ambiguous as iconography of the feminine form. Set atop a ouija board, the rune stones and tarot cards invite the viewer to explore further meaning.
This painting has sold and is now part of a private collection.
I did a little experiment for this week's live portrait session which means going back to charcoals. The drawing on the left was done in 20 minutes and on the right in an hour and 20 minutes. I've found that getting an accurate start is vital to the development of any drawing or painting, so I'm trying get faster at the initial structural stage of portraiture. This is a great way to see how it's going!