I am actually really proud of myself: I have done a lot of work on a new piece. It's a self-portrait I am calling
"Self-Portrait with a Magpie (Things Aren't Always What They Appear)". Essentially, it is a piece about living with grief and depression and how you try and conceal from those around you. So, whereas you may look and act normal around some people, you may let your grief show around others: a melancholy duality.
This duality is emphasized by the presence of the magpie which is a symbol of illusion: thing's aren't always what they seem.
Here are some in-progress shots for this piece:
I still have to figure out how I am going to add the magpie to the piece. Originally, I wanted to use acrylic on cotton and stitch it on, but now I am considered both water color on silk and acrylic painted directly on the background as options. I think it is going to depend on how the rest of the project comes together.
Hopefully, I can finish this piece by the end of next week.