So this is what I’ve been working on for the past two weeks. I needed a new profile picture on FB, so I decided to paint one. Before I began, I knew I wanted to do something different, and began researching other artists to draw inspiration. I was inspired by good ol’ Caravaggio.
At around the same time, I watched the latest Art Assignment video, which delightfully correlated with my intentions. Even though I had already started (as you can see in the video), I recorded myself painting, added a bit of art history, and boom-shaka-laka-boom: new portrait and video of my process.
For those who want to know, chrysanthemums are my birth month flower (November), and the insect in the portrait is a hummingbird moth.
For those who want to know more, symbolism time! White chrysanthemums symbolize compassion, joy, and a long life. Yellow chrysanthemums symbolize something else. Hummingbird moths don’t necessarily symbolize anything, but hummingbirds symbolize vitality, playfulness, and flexibility, while moths symbolize intuition and transformation. I’d like to think a hummingbird moth is a symbolism mash up of the two critters.
Anyway, this took about five or six hours in Photoshop. Thanks for looking!