With the intent to keep it simple yet powerful, above all Adelaide wanted this piece to reflect back to her a place she had come to. After too long of a canvas Hiatus, this creation was a means to release that stored energy which had been brewing, and transform it into a more mature work of art; full of grace and poise, and beauty. Of course, we cannot force these things. This painting took patience and trust, yet somehow came quite naturally... all at the same time.
After over a year putting her paintings on hold to designing and produce a coloring book while still performing full-time, Adelaide "needed" some deep and devotional reflective time with a painting once again! She embarked on this self-portrait a point in her career where she felt the need to reclaim painting as a fully personal process, without the pressure of a commission or any ideas of restriction. While being critical and using the ‘Artist eye’ to make corrections, a painter still must allow the soul of the piece to come forward in the co-creational dance, and in this way, the painting is truly a reflection. In this piece, the self-inspired subject is gazing into a flower as if it’s a mirror and the flowers in her hair reflect that. Those flowers also are a part of the wallpaper behind her. In fact, one was left in from the original sketch of the wall paper. Unlike many of her paintings, Adelaide sketched out the background and even used a compass (a practice borrowed from her Mandala coloring book) to get a perfect circle for flower petals to reach towards and to help maintain 'good' spacing amongst the flowers. The striped wallpaper design also carries into her top, while revealing her bare breast. This mash-up of layers represents the way that we are all (most unconsciously) effected by our environments. Weather we adopt certain social norms around certain groups of people or simply feel bright because the sun is out, we are subjects of our environment and outwardly reflect how it makes us feel. This creation focuses on a feeling of kindness and empowerment. The green mandala at her heart reminds us of our love and the rays beaming from the center of her palms reminds us of the energetic center (or chakra) at that point, where we can send healing energy to ourselves and others. From this point sprouts the flower she loosely holds in admiration. The flower, like a mirror, reflects natural and ever-evolving beauty. This creation is a reflection of self- love, feminine strength and our ability to find ourselves in everything and everything in us!
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