ALL LIFE MATTERS - Original Acrylic Painting

in PowerHouseCreatives4 months ago

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All Life Matters Acrylic on wooden board (16"x12")

Inspired by the current events unfolding in the United States, I painted this acrylic work on wooden board since I ran out of canvases. My initial title was Black Lives Matter, but I thought that All Life Matters will cover a hollistic view of life (human, animals, plants, etc.). Every life should matter. In our human species, all life should matter. Every colour, every gender should matter. When stripped of power, clothes and believes, we are all the same. We are equal and need to be treated with the respect we deserve. We matter!

Now, let`s have a look at the process!

As soon as I drew my sketch on the wooden board, I started to apply the skin hues with a palette knife. I used yellow ochre, raw sienna, burnt umber, red and white.

As I wanted a vivid colour for the background, I went with turquoise. To lighten up the face I used some white and yellow. I was not aiming for a realistic skin tone, I wanted a darker skin tone with highlights and shadows.

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Once I completed applying paint on the face and the shoulders, I added some patches of primary red, cyan blue and royal purple.

When I added another layer of brown, I saw that the head was a bit flat and shorter than it should. It looked more like a mask than a head. Thus I use the palette knife and some raw sienna to reshape it.

On the turquoise background I applied a layer of citron lemon paint to get a brighter green and some patches of primary blue. To build up more face skin tones, I applied another layer of raw sienna mixed with white. On the neck, shoulders and chest I added red, yellow, turquoise and blue.

I painted the area around the head in turquoise to create some contrast. Later on, I used a sponge to dab the background with a mix of blue and turquoise and create the small vertical lines. I also redid the eyebrows, as they were positioned to close to the yes.

I highlighted and outlined the lips, head and shoulders. Then I coated the painting with a glazing medium and let it dry. Once it will be all dried, I am thinking to add some resin on top.

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What do you think of my painting? Would you have chosen another title of it?

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Drop me a line in the comments section below if you like what you read!

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Lavi Picu is the author of three soulful poetry collections: Whiteless Thoughts, Burden of love and Tales of a moody heart. She is a Canadian writer, majored in Linguistics, with a background in translations and writing. She’s also a ghost writer, a blogger with a focus on arts and health, a Lyme disease advocate, a mother and a self-taught artist.

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Thank you for your support!

Yes love it all live matters just a equality for all. There are too many dividing movements instead we should be one 💯🐒

Thank you for stopping by and leaving such a thoughtful comment!

I call it the silent voice and i liked the background blue from the first one best

I like your title, Silent Voice. Thank you!

Looks great! Love the way it all comes together in the end as it doesn't look like it would finish like that from the beginning few steps!

Thank you, @bengy! Sometimes, the final result is way different from the initial draft. Other times, it is predictable. I guess it depends on the artist`s mood. ;0)

I like it! I love that the fellow is comprised of multiple colours! We all are, really.

I am not a proponent of using the term 'race' to differentiate humans; we're all the same race.

So so true that we all are made of multiple colours!

Wow, it's amazing that the portrait changes so much with each addition of palette colors. And I feel that is significant. We are all unique, and we are all people, with special traits and capabilities. All lives do matter. And one day, perhaps, with some retraining and better/different programs in schools and communities, we will all find beauty in one another, regardless of color or ethnicity.

it's amazing that the portrait changes so much with each addition of palette colors

Just because of it, before adding an additional layer, I question myself if I really want to change it. ;0) Nice seeing you here. Thank you for your thoughtful comment. Have a wonderful weekend, Jayna!

Nice work and Nice message! Love it and LOVE those colors!!! Great choice of color 😃 I am interested to see how the resin looks if you decide to do that.

Thank you! I did not add the resin yet, but I will let you know when I do. Have a great weekend!