I was inspired to start painting miniature female figures after I sold my last watercolour experiment, “Underwater Bliss“, to local South African certified crystal healer, Siobhan, from “Crystal Healing with Siobhan Gouws”.
Siobhan is the only person I trust to do such personal sessions with. She has an extraordinary gift and I’ll only recommend her. She’s also one of the special creatives I feature on my website under Creative Colleagues.
This series came to me after surgery I had in the same week of my 32nd birthday this year.
It isn’t easy painting miniature female figures
This, especially if you don’t have a model.
The paintings I captured, all came from my mind. It’s also worth mentioning that this series of painting miniature female figures comes just before I asked my sister to be a model for me. The female resembles her and the same figure can be found a few of my other works.
Isn’t it strange how the subconscious works?
Why these poses for the female figures?
Sometimes I don’t have the words to express the way I feel. Maybe it’s only one word. Sometimes, I don’t have the energy to go digging for words. Often I just sit with the feeling in my bones.
I was moved to try to capture the mood on paper, with watercolour.
I wanted the paint and colour to seep into the paper, like the way the emotion and complexity thereof found itself in me.
One of the most popular ones in this series is, “Trying”. I was moved to create this because of two women in my life. Here’s the caption that accompanied it:
“There are two special people who come to mind when I look at this painting of a woman, resting on the floor with her feet up against the wall.
There are so many women trying. Trying to make relationships work, trying to fall pregnant, trying to lose weight.
You know what? Most of us are trying to succeed at goals that don’t even belong to us.
Maybe you should quit trying and just be?
But don’t let the trying get you down. And keep you down. “