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A New Collection

A brand new collection on canvas

I wanted to explore fate, destiny, and the guidance of the stars and divine in our lives. I made these paintings while reflecting on my own life and the paths in front of me.

Every piece is painted in soft and rich shades of blue, midnight, and indigo and illuminated with sparkling gold in delicate detail.

I hope you'll enjoy my new work and all the love

I put into it.

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The Inspiration

This has been a really hard year for my family.

We've faced challenges I thought we'd never face. My heart has been broken this year again and again. Yet I know good things will come of this.

 

This year was a test of trust for me. It was a practice in patience and positivity. There were days I could barely face, and there were days of immeasurable beauty.

Every time I went to my studio to paint,

I asked, "What is next?"

Every time my hands moved the water and pigment,

my heart asked the stars, the divine,

"Where do I go from here?"

As I dipped my brush in gold paint, lining each of the stars and moons in delicate, precise detail,

my heart asked, "How do I keep going?

Where is this road taking me?

I feel completely lost."

And the divine answered again and again with a kind, firm voice:

"You are not lost."

Don't ask me why, but I used to think of mixed media artists as those people who cut and pasted collages together. I didn't think of them as interesting or deep or even well-trained artists.

 

And, as the story goes, I've slowly found myself becoming a mixed media artist against my will. It's challenged what I think of as art and artist.

Acrylic was always too quick-drying and opaque for me. It always felt like I was running against the clock and fighting with the paint to color match.

Oil was too slow-drying and cerebral. There was never enough room for play, exploration, or release of control.

Watercolor was closer - I could play, I could release control, and I could layer translucency, but I was always fighting with the paper.

Now I think I've finally accepted that exploring different mediums and techniques and combining them in new, interesting ways is a joy for me.

I hope you follow along as I create this new collection and as I create this new little life.

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The Work

I hope you've enjoyed this new collection as much as I enjoyed creating it.

 

Thank you so much for visiting my work and supporting my art journey.

-Isla

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