Cloak of Colour

Cherlandra Estrada
Cloak of Colour, 2016
Acrylic on Wrapped Canvas
18 in x 36 in

Status: AVAILABLE / Price: $1200

This piece was so unique in terms of how it was created.  I’m not sure why but I am an artist that tends to not finish paintings all at once.  I usually have two or three unfinished ones and I jump between them at will.  It can actually take me months to finish certain paintings just because of my divided-attention approach.  Cloak of Colours was painted in four days.  These days started at about 6am and ended at approximately 1am.  I did take breaks to eat (with paint covered hands) and I’m sure I must have gone to the washroom at some point. *smile*  The motivation to paint her quickly was very strong because I wanted so badly for her to be in the September 2016 Wine and Art Walk show in Abbotsford.  Someone had posted the event on Facebook a month or so before it came about and after seeing it, I contacted the organizers to see if I could be one of the participating artists.  Much to my delight, they let me in!  It was a fantastic event and I met some really cool people.

The style of Cloak of Colours was influenced by one of my favourite artists, Gustav Klimt.  I adore his work and just before creating this piece, I had been reading about him and perusing his art quite a bit.  I had entirely too much fun playing with patterns and colour.  I didn’t start in on the project with an idea of the colours that I’d use. I had originally laid down a background colour that I ended up not even using in the end.  If you follow my blog, I’m sure you’ve heard me say this far too many times but when I paint, I really do just let the work take over and dictate where it wants to go.

October 12, 2016