Friday 31 March 2017

kamali (spirit guide) : mixed media portrait

"Kamali" : portrait of a spirit guide

The latest in my Gaia series is Kamali. This is a very old name and the origin is not quite clear - it could be Arabian, Hindu, Sanskrit or even Zimbawean. But the meaning really spoke to me - it means "spirit guide" and "full of desires". Both of these meanings feel appropriate for this bold, confident woman.

She's a little larger than life size and was a joy to paint. The idea for her was almost fully formed in my head for a few weeks, and I felt when painting her that all I had to do was make colour decisions.

Acrylics on canvas
76x76cm (30x30in)

Kamail will be available at the Wanaka Arts Society exhibition this Easter.


Detail of "Kamali" - portrait of a spirit guide

Detail of "Kamali" - portrait of a spirit guide

Detail - slightly metallic bronze paint for the head piece

"Kamali" - portrait of a spirit guide in my Gaia series

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