I sketched Monkey Magic at the beginning of January for the first lesson of Life Book 2014 but I am only getting around to painting it now. It was a meditation lesson to meet our inner artist guardian as part of Tamara Laporte's week 1 Life Book 2014 lesson.
There might be a couple of raised eyebrows as I introduce my inner artist guardian. While in a state of blissful meditation, I fully expected to see an ethereal being, maybe a beautiful angel with wings, like the one that Tam created. Instead, a monkey appeared on a flying carpet, surrounded by a glow of magenta and indigo. I assure you no alcohol or mind altering substances were taken before or during this process!
Out of curiosity, I decided to look up the monkey meaning and symbolism. The article made for some very interesting reading. I could relate to many of the qualities and meanings of the monkey, who knew?! Focus is definitely my word; I needed it to keep an eye on this high spirited guardian and as if by magic the monkey on the flying carpet disappeared but not without me getting this little sketch out first.
In this particular instance, I used a spray fixative on the finished background, as I didn't want the spray inks bleeding through the paint.
Since the patterned fibre paper was very thin, I thought the best course of action in not getting dark glue spots was to use a spray adhesive to adhere it to the flying carpet.
Dlyusions inks, glimmer mists, acrylic paint, caran d'ache watersoluble crayons, soft pastels, patterned fibre paper and a white paint sharpie were used on this piece.
I had a blast working on this playful character. It brought to light many things I need to look at in my life. I guess that's why they are called inner guardians.
Who remembers the TV show Monkey Magic? I think that is why this name popped into my head. The monkey character in the TV show rides a magic cloud. It was slightly off beat but I really enjoyed it.
Until next time, Happy Creating!