I’ve got to be honest, this piece took a while to complete. I first mentioned Time To Howl in August when I had the inspiration for the composition & color palette but not the details of how to portray this powerful animal on canvas. My intention was to collage the full moon & the wolf, yet every time I tried to find suitable fabric or paper, it just didn’t feel right so I set it aside. Wolf didn’t want to be smothered with neat little strips of fabric or subdued with flat bits of paper. Wolf is a wild thing, demanding energy & movement. But how?
Patiently (& sometimes not so patiently), I waited for Wolf to speak. There was no rush. By this point, I knew that if I tried to force my will on Wolf, it would be unsuccessful. She leaned silently against a wall in my studio for months before she finally inspired me to use Liquitex modeling paste mixed with my acrylic paints & applied with a palette knife so that the hairs on her face & throat stood on end. Yes, this was Wolf as she was meant to be!
Sometimes, when it comes to creating artwork, I need to make my ego (brain, logic, intellect) step aside & let the inspiration flow. Or, in this case, let the Wolf howl.
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