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Have you heard of FGM, Female Genital Mutilation?
I'll tell you a bit about it at the end of this post but firstly enjoy these paintings that I've painted for the cause.This was the first steps on this canvas. Lots of different texture paste techniques and blocking in colour.
Then I added some warm colours of Gold Oxide, Cadmium Scarlett and Rich Gold over the Dry texture paste.
I changed the Gold Oxide colour because it just blended into the painting. I also added Gold Leafing for her head band and top of her dress.
Here is a close up picture of the right hand side of the painting. I added a real earing for added dimension.
The finished Canvas is 16 X 20 inches
Here is the first step of another canvas with a bright sky and grass land. The sky is painted with Cadmium Yellow Mid, Cadmium Orange and Cadmium Scarlet.
The tree trunk, branches and roof's of huts are in Burnt Umber. I then used Texture Paste in a down ward motion for the roofs and horizontal motion for the walls of the huts.
Here is a close up of the finished hut with shading and highlights painted on it.
Final photo of finished piece!
Over the past few years we have had quite a few new Australians move into our area and neighbourhood.
I recently read an editorial in our local newspaper about an Afrcian community worker who is raising funds and fighting to stop FGM. This lady is from Somaliland and was circumcised at the age of seven years. She is now 49 yrs old and still has horrific memories of the torture.
Some key facts from WHO(World Health Organization)
An estimated 100 to 140 million girls and women worldwide are currently living with these consequences.
In Africa an estimated 92 million girls from the age of 10 and above have undergone FGM.
FGM comprises procedures that involve partial or total removal of the external female genetalia or other injury to the female organs for non medical reasons.
Some people are so poor and circumcision is killing a lot of young people. They think if a girl is not curcumcised she'll stay unmarried and become a prostitute.
This lady from Somaliland is raising funds to distribute hospital goods, health news and teach men and woman why they should not practise female genital mutilation.
So, you can see I've painted this pictures to donate for a good cause!
Until next post-take care,