Bag lady you gon’ miss your bus. You can’t hurry up, ’cause you got too much stuff.
2015. Douglas, Keara. Bag Lady Collection. Acrylic. Canvas Panels.
My very first painting series collection began 2 years ago. I decided to create a collection sort of personal to me and how I have grown as a female. As everyone knows, every female goes through heartbreaks and all of that other good stuff, that is life and it will happen at least once in your lifetime if it has not already. But to skip the sob story, this was created in light of the female insecurities that result from typical female heartbreaks. I centered the entire series around that concept while combining the hit song ‘Bag Lady’ by music artist Erykah Badu with it as well. The reason I tied this series with that particular song is because ‘Bag Lady’ was the most relative song about the subject of insecurities. Badu is basically saying that if you do not let go of your insecurities and find love in yourself, you will be weighed down. I intended to visually show this same concept but in a different way for more than one painting.
The paint of choice for this series was Anita’s acrylic paint and Americana acrylic paint. The surface of choice was Artist’s Loft Canvas Panel boards. I really liked the texture of the panels so I intentionally did not make too many layers of paint so you could still see it through the paint in random spots along the piece. Bright colors were also intentionally used to show the female in a girly nature of the series.
The first painting of the Bag Lady collection is titled Badu 2 since it was the second painting I done referencing Erykah Badu. This particular piece I would not consider a realistic portrait. I wanted to be able to put my own twist to it while depicting her as a reference. The particular image was done with the dramatic facial expressions to show and symbolize a woman’s frustrations with her insecurities. She is biting her lip out of nervousness and her eyes are huge out of anger.
2015. Douglas, Keara. Badu 2. Acrylic. Canvas Panel.
The second piece of the Bag Lady collection is titled Insecurities. Even though Badu 2 is the only portrait of this collection at the moment, this is the main piece that makes the collection. The focal point would be the lips on a woman’s face. Four different colors were chosen to symbolize the various races of women as a whole. Words & various phrases were listed on her face just to name a few of the common insecurities all women may have gone through before at some point in their lifetime. I intentionally created her lipstick to look a little messy to show she is too wrapped up in her own insecurities to focus on her makeup. Basically saying she is a mess of insecurities. The purple in each corner tie back into Badu 2, along with the turquoise apart of her neck area.
2015. Douglas, Keara. Insecurities. Acrylic. Canvas Panel.
The third piece apart of the collection is called Recovery. With this piece, I created it last for a reason. I wanted to show her progress of getting her life back in order after dealing with multiple insecurities weighing on her life. This is an image symbolizing her heart and how she is having to mend it back together. In order for her to mend it back together as you can see with the string below, she has to fill it with better things. A few words of encouragement and hope were included in this piece as being poured back into her heart during her recovery process. Of course again the turquoise color was used in the background to tie the piece back into the collection.
2015. Douglas, Keara. Recovery. Acrylic. Canvas Panels.
This collection will grow with time. I will keep everyone updated on when the new ones will be available for viewing and purchase. If you are interested in purchasing any of the paintings shown above, or the entire collection, reference all prices for each painting below:
- Badu 2– $150 USD
- Insecurities –
$150 USDExhibiting at The SAND Gallery
- Recovery – $150 USD
- Bag Lady Collection – $350 USD
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