There’s a saying I’ve heard, that goes, “beautiful hands are lazy hands,” or words to that effect. The point is that only hands that are idle can be kept beautiful.
I happen to disagree. While I acknowledge there is a certain distinction in having flawlessly smooth, well-proportioned and even-toned (something I lack) hands, some of the most beautiful hands I’ve seen have been creased, wrinkled, or marked from a lifetime – or even just a day – of good work.
I was thinking about this at my last painting class at the Kelowna Art Gallery. It was near the end of the class and I happened to glance at my paint-spattered hands (above). I felt strangely proud of their pied beauty. Like some of the artwork had crept off the canvas and onto me, and had become a sort of extension of the work.
Traces remained, even after a good, soapy wash. And until I obsessively picked their last traces away, I wore them like a badge of honour. Like a “real” artist. And if somebody had only asked me (but nobody did), I could have responded, “oh, yes, that’s just from my painting. Acrylics. I’m working on a big piece right now.”
Whether it’s paint from an art class, dirt from the garden, or just the wear and tear of putting them out there, living life, the character our hands collect along the way is symbolic of the interesting person we become on the inside. Just ask Scarlett O’Hara (though Rhett Butler may not agree). She only really started to become three-dimensional when the sheen was off her hands.
In case you’re wondering about the poo swirls, they’re coming along nicely. This week I reshaped them with a generous slathering of Heavy Gel (Matte), which will be more or less transparent when it dries…
And added a wash of red. We’ll see how it really looks when it’s dry.
Here’s one more thing I’ve been working on – the rose is actually a transfer of a photocopied picture of a rose, and the white on and around it is more Heavy Gel (Matte), to give it texture:
– Words and photos by Lori-Anne Poirier
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Channelling the Painter Within – Lesson I
Channelling the Painter Within – Lesson II
Channelling the Painter Within – Lesson III
Channelling the Painter Within – Lesson IV
Channelling the Painter Within – Lesson V
Channelling the Painter Within – Lesson VI