New Beginnings – a Story Picture

A fantasy scene of a lonely figure  about to set off on a new path, leaving her old life behind for new beginnings.  An acrylic painting.
A Different Path

Good morning everyone. Well, I thought I would show you this story picture all about new beginnings. Actually, the reason why I held back was that I never really felt that I had finished it. Just to wind back a bit, I went into this project quite blindly. To be honest, for the first time ever, I painted this narrative painting quite intuitively. And all I knew was that I wanted to do something with the idea of making a new start. Probably I started thinking about this after hearing stuff on the radio about the recovery from the pandemic . Apparently, this might be an ideal time to rethink the way we run our world.

How to Create a Story Picture on New Beginnings (Badly !)

Firstly, I sketched in a lonely figure and then I imagined surroundings that don’t quite look familiar. Next, I added a moody sky to set a slightly threatening atmosphere.Then I painted various elements like luxuriant plants, a stony path and a mysterious castle. Finally, I changed everything around, including the type of foliage, the sky and the colour scheme! In fact, I wouldn’t recommend this process at all!

An earlier version of the story picture with a stronger, moodier atmosphere.  New  Beginnings for this young woman.
A Different Path – one of the earlier versions

Unfortunately, I didn’t manage to get photos of all the different attempts I made to improve the composition. And I painted them all in acrylic paint on the same tired old piece of paper! Well, at least I taught myself to understand the importance of planning a complex composition in advance. Even if I chose the hard way to learn!

What’s the Story?

A Different Path – a closeup

Anyway, I eventually chose this version, I don’t think I could give the paper any more punishment! But, all the time I was painting I was thinking of fresh starts and a chance to break out of the old rut. And, I wonder if other people are having the same thoughts as me right now. So, what do you think this woman’s story is?

Incidentally, I have some other interesting story pictures in my Gallery here. For example, you might like to see the enigmatic Silk Princess here or the Green Knight in his rocky church here .

10 Replies to “New Beginnings – a Story Picture”

  1. I like it. Both image and theme. I know my life has been permanently changed by the last year or so. And your process in this painting is how I do almost everything. I usually just start in. Now I am more able to control things but it is never a sure thing. That’s ok. I like it.

    1. Thank you, Claudia. I know what you mean and I wonder how I will feel about things if/when we return to ‘normal ‘. I do jump straight in with abstract but I’m a bit more meticulous with story pictures. Maybe I need to loosen up a bit. But I’m not as comfortable as you with the less control thing. Not yet anyway!

      1. I think how a person approaches their art evolves over time. Because their goals change. I know I have found this with myself, over the years. I certainly wouldn’t do things the way I do them now, back when I started. Another aspect of why it is fun to do art, I think.

  2. I think the woman is wanting to make changes; try something new, but finds herself hesitating, unsure whether to go forward, or return to the familiar – the known.

Let me know what you think !