Mmmmm mountains and epic music. Two of my favorite things.
I finally drew something that makes sense on my tumblr. Fancy that.
So I thought I had deleted the origins of this piece but whilst tidying up my files I found it after all, discreetly named something along the lines of “painta.psd”. I thought I would share the very humble origins of one of my paintings just for fun. It was started on a day I was just not feeling agreeable with painting and decided to try anyway. The painting got stuck and I closed the file and went away to do something else. (I often save failed speedpaints just so later when I’m stuck on ideas I can flip through the files and recall what sparked the original idea and see if something new bites.)
Later on, while finishing Aeturno, I came across some neat pictures of nebulae and decided to open the file and try again with fresh eyes. Sometimes it helps to paint over the bones of an old idea, the seed of hope germinates into something when watered with fresh perspectives. Sometimes nothing comes of it but speedpaints for me are exercises in restraint of expectations and especially in loosening my rigid process.
So there you have it. Go forth and paint some things and fail at painting some other things. You never can tell what will come of it..and sometimes the point is not the end result but the process of trying new ideas on for size.
Ring stone, decorated in raised relief with geometrical and flower patterns, as well as two female figures.
Ring stones have probably served as molds for jewellers. This particular pattern, which is typical for the stones, is likely a reference to fecundity.
Shunga Period, first century B.C., India.
Source: Metropolitan Museum of Art