1) Do you use oils with all your paintings? no, i also use acrylic and water color, color pencil and have even tries spray paint
2) I looked through your art pics on FB, I hope you don’t mind, and I saw a painting I think you called “Earth Mama” … I love the vibrant colors!! Is that oil or acrylic? oil
3) When you first start a piece of art, do you sketch it on the canvas with pencil? Then how do you pick where to start painting? Its always different depending on the style or look i am going for, how precise i want it, or how much i want to “flow” with it.
4) As you progress through your painting, do you paint a background first, then layer and paint outward? I’ve always had trouble understanding that. Or do you paint each piece separately within its own outline? depends on medium. If it oil i either choose to blend as i go OR i will do background and let that dry before adding another (top) layer. Generally i would suggest filling in the canvas and then going in for smaller details as you get further along. this will give you the best idea of “color composition”
5) If you’re using oils, do you wait for some parts to dry before layering or adding other details? I often do. which is why i often work on 6 pieces interchangeably Or sometime start with acrylic as underlayer ( if i want to speed up process)
6) Do you ever paint using both oils and acrylic in one piece of art? yes:)
7) Lastly, is there a class that you would recommend for me to attend to touch up on these basic painting skills? I never took a class. you will learn so much by experimenting with the mediums. once you make a bad mistake ( like mixing yellow and purple) i doubt you will make it again. there are some figure drawing groups i model for. Let me know if that interests you.
Out of pure magical delirium and the desire to loosen up with her ideas the concept of this Bizarre piece was born and began to come to life the very next day at a bizarre fair. Of course as it progressed the interesting parallels it had with Adelaide’s life, mind and tangible realities became apparent. Essentially the tentacles represent Adelaide’s mind and subconscious desires, reaching out with hundreds of suckers attracting this and that. The flowers and paintbrushes are a lovely combo that express different forms of creativity. Considering she gets most of her inspiration from the mystery of our natural world, they serve as great symbols of that interplay. Someone once put a fake rose in her paintbrush jar and ever since Adelaide has seen each brush as a bouquet of sorts. She also views the cup as a creative elixir. Furthermore, the flowers add an earth element to a water scene, enhancing the idea of being in multiple worlds at the same time. The window brings in yet another question mark in the viewers mind. What is a window doing in the sea? In the widow lies another alternate realiTEA to sip upon. It’s being created by the brush strokes of the main image yet it has a paintbrush of its own. What world is that creature creating? Our perception of reality is infinite and therefore the reality we live in can take on many shapes and forms. Weather we are sitting at a coffee table taking sips of tea and swimming in our minds or we are swimming in the sea and thinking of sipping tea, Qi follows thought and Energy creates life. So we create the life we live, imagine that!
Interesting enough while painting this piece Adelaide’s sister brought over a bunch huge tea cups that were used for a mad hatter themed party that she no longer had use for, now Adelaide has painted those and they will be a part of a kids puppet show where her character Miss Giggles, has CreativiTEA pARTies with kids. The literal, metaphorical and subconscious role art plays in Adelaide’s life continue to unveil themselves with each bizarre painting. So fill your cup and take a sip of CreativiTEA !
As Adelaide dances through this life, the most important thing is FEELing the beat. Music truly is a muse to Adelaide and her relationship with it has many layers from letting it move her in performance, to guiding her paintbrush, and more recently opening up vocally. Through her process as a Visionary Artist she has become confident in using her voice to share meaning behind art. Now those ‘meanings’ are being turned intointo songs, raps and harmonies. ‘I heART Music’ is the first of her Music as Muse series and was created mostly at public events with original DJ sets and live music. The figures hand on her heart expresses her passion for the MUSE-ic that is oozing out of her. The keyboard patterning was inspired by a mural Adelaide created at a house where _Liquid Blue_ band lives.
Alchemist of Elements
Nurturer of nature
Rooted reciprocity sustains
A loving relationship as seasons change
Inner and outer worlds reflect
As leaves fall and replenish
The world around breathes as she exhales
Tree hugger indeed
Women with a seed
Plant with a root
Supporting extended branches
The making of love gives birth
A new day, a time to praise
our mother eARTh
Of all the inspiration in the world, nature herself seems to be the muse that sustains Adelaide’s curiosity. The patterns in plants and their androgynous appearance remind Adelaide of the masculine and feminine characteristics in all things. This creation was specifically inspired by the season of Spring and all the fruit-full offerings that come forth at that time. The figure in this painting embodies Mother eARTh, Patcha Mama, Gaia and all the other names we have for a human figure representing nature. She is a pART of a series Adelaide has been working on titled “From the heART,” where the heart is the focal point of the painting. From her heart stems a plant full of life, releasing and pollinating the women/earth. The SUNflower represents the literal sun, and its power to generate life in all living organisms. Everything from this painting shares one source… the plant is the earth, is the women and is the sun. All in ONE regenerating breath. This sensual cycle reminds the viewer of ways that we humans are like the earth and have a sensual connection to our pARTners, our planet, and OURSELVES.
The FEEL of Music was inspired by a dear friend and extremely talented musician Jesus Gonzalez. He was the first musician Adelaide ever live painted with as they shared improvised music and art in the eyes of the public. Adelaide tried oils for the first time while painting to his music and fell in love with yet another medium. She continues to venture into new experimentation as this creation marks the first time she used a reference photo to capture literal and energetic aspects of another person. Created with watercolor an color pencil while traveling in the woods, this is a rare medium for Adelaide, yet a perfect one for adventures. Check out Jesus Gonzalez’ music, he is skilled at creating beautiful sounds of music but is a master at creating the FEEL of it. Adelaide attempted to capture both the color and the FEEL of that in this creation!
Portrait of a Queen is a custom creation that encompasses the full spectrum of a specific soul. The past self (which includes Egyptian archetypes Nefertiti & Isis) and her future self (which brings forward the qualities she wishes to fully embody) combine to make a timeless reflection of both the inner and outer world of this radiant Sun Queen. She soaks the light in through her dark African skin and then exudes its brilliance through her third eye, the eye of a Tiger. She also embodies the yin/feminine nature of the moon. Regally adorned by the spirits of her animals, which include hock, eagle, peacock, wolf, butterfly, falcon, owl, jaguar, cheetah and fox, the queen shares their wisdom. Paragraphs could be written of the personal significance of why Jazz Baptiste, the Queen who commissioned this creation, chose these animals, but the viewer can also relate in their own personal way. This creation lives at a retreat and Ayahuasca center in Bahia Brazil called Casa De LUZ. What a perfect place for this benevolent queen, a being of LIGHT!
Myth maiden is a commission motivated by a man who was introduced to Adelaide while Snake Charming. The Snake medicine elicited an inspiration within him strong enough to bring to life a visual art creation that emitted a similar energy. There were no specific “guidelines” other than bringing forward a mixture of snake symbology. In that comes stories and myths that run deep and even bring in the idea of fear of the unknown or the punishment of giving into temptation. This led Adelaide to bring in the apple and a confident woman who is not afraid to embrace the power and medicine of the snake. The 2 snakes weaving up the spine represent kundalini energy rising. She lives in a pool of potential and perhaps is a mermaid, yet another strong mythical character. What/who she is is somewhat of a mystery and can be determined by the viewer. But indeed she does embody Yin aspects (feminine, wet, vast, dark and moonlit). She is a maiden of myth, and elixir of deep curiosity.
Fooled in Love was inspired by Adelaide’s character Miss Giggle’s and another professional clown, ‘Dango.’ It is yet another example of how Adelaide’s creations often create a twisted yet accurate life biography that colorfully depicts all of her phases, alias’, and inspiring friends. Miss Giggles’ dress is yellow with poca dots like the background of the painting. The figure, ‘Dango,’ also symbolizes the ‘Trickster’ or ‘Fool’, common archetypes in tarot cards or story lines. In Adelaide’s life he has played a big role in giggles, admiration and romance, though she would be the fool fall in love with him, as they say fools rush in. Yet, as the bubble play takes shape, it hard not to get your head in the clouds, and it appears that indeed both the trickster and the viewer of bubble beauty are fools fooled in Love. Aside from this poetic play on reality, this creation offered Adelaide an opportunity to break away from pieces of deep new age symbolism, while also giving her a chance to used a male muse. Lastly it brings in a cool artistic technique in that it has 3 levels of dimension, from the flat poca dots in background to the puffy clouds to translucent bubbles that float across it all. What a treat of the eyes, mind and heART. enJOY!
‘Back to Life’ was a step in a new direction in terms of Adelaide’s approach to painting. She bought the original painting at the Swap Meet for the frame. It was a killer deal and she was planning on priming the painting underneath to start a fresh creation. After sitting in the pile of unfinished work for a while, Adelaide pulled out the existing creation with a new perspective. Being a Visionary Artist that typically draws ideas from root to finish, she thought it could be nice to loosen up by working on a pre existing piece and tying a concept into that. The original piece was a “still life” from an unknown artist who worked in a factory producing “chain art”. This was perfect opportunity for Adelaide to bring motion into the stillness, color into the greys, and life to the wilted flowers, by adding her own touch yet loosening up on her own ideas by just flowing what exists. There are always so many metaphors in art;)! Though she did not originally intent this, this creation opened up the platform for an inspiration Adelaide has been toying with for a long while…. The inspiration is the idea of death and furthermore the reality of death. As Adelaide says, “There are only 2 things I can guarantee in this world… Life and Death.” To Adelaide the acceptance of our ending fate, makes life so much more precious, and the impermanence of our existence inspires her to life fully and passionately. The day of the dead figure in this painting represents the archetype of the living dead. To Adelaide, she is a celebration death and thus celebration life as well. The cycle is a natural part of nature. Adelaide cannot say weather or not she 100% believes in multiple lives, as that lies in the unknown, however as an artist she feels empowered with the ability to bring things to life in this life time, and recreate the old with new and the new with newer. As Lovers and Livers, we have the ability to dust off the cobwebs and resurrect resurge and brighten energy. “Back to Life” is the perfect example!