behind the art:
And in case you wanted to study them, and didn't get enough time in the video, here are those sketches!
This painting was -by far- the most challenging. The idea came to me so easily, but the actual creation, re-creation, follow through, and fighting insecurities over it was extremely difficult. And it's been so fascinating! Out of all of the types, this painting elicited the most "Four" responses from Fours. I heard comments wishing it was more like another painting, or "That blank-space feels so un-special," and "Why isn't it, you know, deeper?" And as much as I wanted to give you Fours everything you wanted in a painting, I had to let the smile tug at the corner of my cheek because it was acting as a mirror so clearly you couldn't even tell that it was. And just as I hoped, Fours trickled back to me after letting it sit on their hearts and minds -- you let it speak to you in all the ways I was hoping and more.
This painting was the most vulnerable for me to paint (after One) and it took the absolute most courage. I hope and pray intensely that it can be an encouragement to all of you, dear and beautiful souls.
Thank you for being the reflection of the stars to us. You remind us to look up, and to stand in awe. As you gaze at the heavens and marvel at how perfect and beautiful they are, I'm finding myself gazing at you, hoping you can see that the same fingerprints on them are on you as well.
Now that I've cried while writing this...
A great thing about these paintings is that they can be read and experienced in different ways! So, I’d love to hear from you, Fours! How does this painting resonate with you, and your journey and process toward health? How do you find yourself in it? What parts hurt to look at and what gives you hope?
If you aren’t a Four, but love one, how does this painting give you empathy for their path as you walk alongside them?
Thank you all for being here, and for trusting me as I translated your types.
I'm honored and privileged to do this project with and for humans like you!
You are all of the beauty you hope you are, and you're bringing flavor to our worlds,