I wanted to show you how I create my symbol paintings, and today I remembered to take some pictures for that. I start off with a blank sheet and an idea of what I want to create. For this one, I knew I wanted a symbol of Earth because I’ve done fire and water before. So I went looking for ancient symbols for Earth and found an image of a prehistoric earth goddess petroglyph. (A petroglyph is a rock carving.) I then set out to create the background. I either go for something completely abstract, or I try to hint at the meaning of the symbol. This background is an in between. I’ve used some of the colours of the planet and made some green shapes. To create the backgrounds, I wet the paper and go to town playing with watercolour. It’s fun to create these, that’s why I’ve done 46 of them already.

I then add colours in layers until I’m happy with it.

After that’s dry, I take a smaller brush and paint the symbol on top.

And here’s the finished painting

Earth Goddess - 100 Sacred Symbols in Watercolour by Linda Ursin

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  1. Deborah Weber

    How fun to see your process Linda, and I have no doubt you have a great time creating these symbol paintings as well. I’d love to see more of them!

    • Linda Ursin

      Thanks Deborah 🙂 It is a lot of fun to create them, you’re right about that. You can find all of the others in the menu under “Series”

  2. Anna

    You are so creative. Keep it going 🙂

  3. Nanette

    What a great way to illustrate your work in progress, Linda. I’m curious – how are you capturing these images for your blog? Is it just simple phone capture process or are you using something more technical?

    • Linda Ursin

      For these photos, I used my phone 🙂 Sometimes I have to adjust them a bit in Photoshop (rotation, cropping etc.). Other times I use a DSLR camera, and sometimes I scan them. When I’m done with my series, I will be scanning these, since I’m going to use them for a book.

  4. Elda

    Great to see the process as it changes. 46 already! WOW!

  5. Harmony @ Harmony with Animals

    Forty-six of them?! Well, I guess I shouldn’t be too shocked as I’ve doodled probably 75 doggies in the last few days. Thanks for sharing your process!

    • Linda Ursin

      Sounds like you’re a creative too Harmony 🙂 Thanks for stopping by


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