The story of Little Red Riding Hood wasn’t one of my favorites…however, it did impact me. Early on, I rewrote the ending…the wolf was a good guy and everyone sat around together having tea in my final scene.
This painting was inspired by a class called Barn Painting, taught by Alissa Millsap in Paint Your Heart and Soul, 2017. Entering the realm of this piece, it was painted on an 8″x8″ birch panel, I quickly decided that it wasn’t going to be a barn. It was going to be grandma’s cottage in the woods. And then, in the forefront, I placed Little Red Riding Hood and her companion/friend the wolf. I just realized that here I go again, making the wolf an ally.
Taking a class from a fellow artist, I am presented with a formula of sorts. This artist showed me the techniques and tools that she used to create a barn on a substrate. I was guided through her process. While I borrowed techniques and used the tools, I diverted and made different choices, incorporated my own style and personal perspective to create an original painting. I was relatively new at painting faces, so this Red Riding Hood’s face is rather juvenile. Yet, I like her and think that she works with the piece. I love the wolf…a friendly fellow (so long as he’s well-fed). The wolf is made whimsical and less frightening with the wisps of pastel colors in his coat.
In direct contrast, the color RED is dramatic and immediately eye-catching. Some artists love the drama of red while others hide from it, modify it or use it sparingly if at all. I’m learning to have a liking for a true red. Used without apology.
If you are familiar with the chakra energy system, you probably remember that red symbolizes the root chakra located at the base of the spine. The root chakra can represent our origins, our quality of feeling grounded in present reality, living in connection to the earth and our core self. We cultivate this connection by the choices we make in our lives. Many people have a need for healing their family history–yes, root chakra taps into that. To support this energetic healing, a person might eat red foods, wear red clothing, carry a red stone or crystal, write or make art around their family history, and if necessary, see a therapist and work on that early family bond.
When I wear red, it seems that I want to be noticed. Red is not for wallflowers.
What’s your experience with the color red?