A large sunflower mandala, a white butterfly and stone embellishments cradle the main subjects of the painting called Venture to Know. Her hair becomes the tree that reaches into a red and turquoise sky. Her face is divided into copper, wood, bark, Indiana yellow and flaming red. Deep set are the dark eyes of this figure, deep set lined in turquoise, Indian yellow and coal black. Her lips are white and cracked like the detailed crags and bare tree.
Are these scars on her face or life experiences? Are the divisions made to keep peace or to keep away?
Venture to Know is not brightly colored. Its hues set the tone and keep the viewer drawn to it.
Venture to Know Art by Faith Magdalene Austin
9 x 11, heavy paper, embellishments, acrylic and gel medium.
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