One of the hardest things was learning that I was worth recovering,

Demi Lovato

I’ve spent a fair amount of time inactive and I apologise. I had a severe depressive episode shortly before Christmas and was signed off work for what ended up being 2 months. In this time I did very little painting, or much of anything really.

Now that I’m back at work and somewhat stable, I’m going to try to get back into the habit of regularly posting again.

I bought a big canvas a short while ago, and initially I’d planned to do a big picture of Isaac Clarke, the titular character from the horror video game series Dead Space. I love the intricate yet functional design of his Space suit, but several hours in i was not in love with the painting I had.

Going back through my computer, I discovered some photos from a life model I used to know, who shall remain unnamed. I didn’t want o just copy the photo, and it was a big canvas, so I decided to do 4, in bright colours, in a similarish sort of feel to those famous Marilyn Monroe pictures by Andy Warhol(?)

The picture isn’t wonky, my camera was. Also apologies for the chandelier shadow.

It was very simple to create it. I marked the boxes in masking tape first, and it mostly came out well. The hardest part was picking the colours for each one, and if I did these again I would change some of the colours for sure, but on the whole I like it.

I wasn’t after a masterpiece or anything incredible with this one. It was a lot more about getting back into the groove of doing the painting, after spending so long mentally stagnating. Will try to get back into more regular action now I’m more ok.

Published by artandsadness

A three-way mix of paintings, talking about mental health and anonymous anecdotes from my job

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