‘Moon Of My Soul 2 ‘ by Imani aka EmpressFaith c 2012
Gold, Silver, Green and Pink metallic ink on black card
‘Moon Of My Soul ‘by Imani aka EmpressFaith c 1999
This is one of my smaller pieces which I had designed for my CD compilation collection back in1999. I love music and have an extensive collection, in fact I use to be a member of a women’s Sound System. I only came across this a few weeks ago, hidden in a plastic box with a couple of other covers. They all looked a bit dull, so I decided to brighten them up. I used silver and gold Uni Paint Markers as well as Signo Uniball green and pink metallic ink pens. ‘Moon Of My Soul 2’ is the result.
This is one of my earliest pieces, so early that I had forgotten about it. I was sorting out some of my old artworks and found this picture in a folder. I remember snatching moments to draw as my children were much younger then. Those were the days when I could be working on two pictures at once, it was like I was running on an engine of creativity.
‘Eye of The Beholder’ is made up of Black, Green Red and Silver ink on neon yellow card.
I have no idea of what each picture will look like until I finish it. And even then, I don’t make an effort to name them. I have decided to call this one ‘Ah..NotOh’ to remind me to be more positive.
I am trying to be the sort of person who greets every day with a smile, not a groan and to greet every situation with an “Ah'” ( mind you though, this can get a wee bit tedious when wading through my inbox) but this seems to work. I use to say ‘”Ohh” a lot which was usually followed by “No” which in turn would affect my whole body language to one of despair or anger. I have never been able to start a picture when I am in my ‘ Can’t Be Asked’ mood. Once I hit that road, it’s just a hop, skip and a jump to ” Abandon Hope All Ye That Enter Here” and ” If I’m Going Down, I’m Taking You With Me ” Now I am aware of why I feel that way I do, that this is due to a shortage of certain chemicals in my brain, I am less critical of myself and my art.
This is my second one of 2012 and is a celebration of colour. I bought a new pack of Signo Metallic Ink Pens as in my experience, these pens are the best for brightness and colour.And this experience was no mean feat either, I didn’t know that all the art shops in my local area of Lewisham and Bromley had closed down and I had to travel to the wilds of Old Kent Road.
I tend to work in stages, sometimes shapes just flow onto the page, usually aided by a good supply of Mike ‘n’ Ikes and at other times……nothing. The first image is where I came to a dead stop and felt that it was complete. After a while though, I couldn’t ignore all that blank space and decided to fill it in.
Heaven Only Knows is the name of this piece, as of all of my abstract metallic art, this one was the hardest to find a name for. I usually name my artworks on completion, I look at it and a name springs to mind. I did think of Mad But Pretty but didn’t feel comfortable calling it that.
I would really like to start drawing again. I just lost the glow, the oomph to create from my heart.I didn’t and couldn’t feel any artistic passion. Once I start a picture, I work on it on a daily basis or within a few hours, depending on the size. Now that I know why I feel the way I do, I can stop kicking myself with frustration and rage.