At first glance I may look a little bit lazy using the same piece for both challenges this week. But I honestly feel like they both work.
Firstly, Illustration Friday's theme this week is 'Welcome'. I did draft something else up for this theme but I just wasn't happy with it and I didn't have that 'buzz' while working on it. So I decided to continue with a painting I had already started. I have called it 'Cleanse'. It started with a sketch. Have you ever felt in life that sometimes you'd just like to wipe the slate clean, and start from scratch? When things just get too much? Life is wonderful and full of suprises, some good and some not so good. To me this lady represents someone that has been able to wipe her slate clean and start again, to be able to 'welcome' a new start!! Sometimes it's just a matter of letting go and allowing yourself to be happy. Personally I'm very very happy with where I am in life right now and wouldn't want to be anywhere else but unfortunetly I know that's not true for everyone.
Secondly, Mixed Media Monday's theme was to use 'round elements' in your piece. So with this one I tried something new which was to paint the sides of the canvas black. Then I used a lid from a plastic bottle and stamped the circles around the side and decorated them with round dots. I also used the other side of the bottle lid to make the bubble shapes on the picture. I'm really happy with this one especially the colours and my background. The lady is a little different than my others and I'm not quite sure about her but I think that she suits the piece. I REALLY love purple!!!!! I also used some iridescant paints over the top of some areas to give it some more sparkle.