M'lady came out of this workshop. She was painted from a live model. To me the model emanated the feeling of an old world Italian Mama, soft and warm, lovingly preparing her famous pasta for her boys. When M'lady was complete, I looked at her with amazement. She was anything but "soft and warm". She was a woman of substance! She seemed to have a strength to me, and even though she was not grounded visually, she was 'grounded'! She absolutely knew who she was.
My critic went wild that day. I 'hated' her, she was 'no good', in fact she was 'garbage'. Unlike the other paintings which came home with me from those three days, M'Lady escaped the rubbish bin, and I have grown to delight in her. She is framed and on my wall. When I applied for entry into the Victoria Academy of Art, I was told "Donna, when you painted M'Lady, you found your soul". I was accepted into the Academy, but was so intimidated by that statement, I couldn't attend and finally after much agony, withdrew. That fear thing again, the fear I could not live up to that statement.
Please visit Tessa's web site. http://www.tessanunn.com/ArtistStatement.php She's one of those amazing women. I love her work. Some of it is very influenced by eastern culture. Tessa is spiritual. She's on the 'path'. She was studying in New York on 9/11 and lived through the trauma of those tragic circumstances. At the time of the workshop, she was suffering from hearing loss, however, only to the male voice. Interesting! I see her website has been inactive for awhile. I wonder where the Universe has taken her? As it says on Tessa's website:
"With practice, the magic cannot help but rise." An Alchemic precept