I first started this gecko in January 2010 for my Diary of a Broken Soul Tarot review. It took me two years to finish it and I’ve had it in a drawer for a year. I really would like to get it framed, but when I looked at it with a fresh eye I realized it was lacking contrast in some areas and needed some shading.
This is a bit tricky because I laid down watercolour washes with salt and plastic wrap on the background originally, and then the gecko was drawn over the part that had a splodged area of blue that looked like a shadow. I quite like this technique of laying something down randomly and fitting your image in there.
There is an artist, Jenny Wheatley, who works in watercolour and mixed media and I loved her similar approach in the book Adventurous Watercolours. She has a style that is part painterly and part illustrative which is, as I’ve discovered, a style I like to do myself.
She uses enough detail and some shadows but the rest of it is imaginative, often using patterns. I was getting very uptight about putting “correct” shadow on this gecko, but I couldn’t really because back in the beginning when I started it wasn’t really planned that way, it was more about flowing with the background.
I am also going to get this print framed that I bought about ten years ago. It is a print of my favourite card in Francene Hart’s Sacred Geometry Oracle and is called Himalayan Passage. There is a better picture of it on Francene’s web site, but I’ve got the two pictures ready to go to the framer.
Himalayan Passage has the OM symbol in the centre, a reminder for me to calm down, listen and create, and not worry about perfection or what other people create.