Now its possible the whole idea is wishful thinking. The Statue of Liberty may in fact not be modeled after a black woman. But we do know the statue’s creator, French sculptor Frédéric Auguste Bartholdi took inspiration from the end of slavery in both France and America.
The statue was a gift from France, our original ally. It’s a tangible symbol of the gift of freedom and liberty. There’s no doubt about that.
Image of Liberty
The image is meant to be dark and mysterious. A visual symbol of a conspiracy theory. Some people think there’s a plot to rob black women of credit for inspiring Barthodi’s work.
In my vision the lady of liberty is coming to America from Egypt. She’s carried by three black women. The ocean is parting like the red sea. I tried to make the “ocean” look like a living body of water.
The original model for the statue of liberty is said have been a black Egyptian woman. Egypt is represented by the pyramid and sphinx in the background. (The orange shape on the upper right). That’s why they’re in this image.
Colors of Liberty
I used only three colors for this painting. Red-violet. Yellow-orange. Blue-green. Plus white and black.
Why? Because these colors allowed me to work dark. The dominant color is Red-violet. A dark color.
Blue-green plays a supporting role. Yellow-orange is a subordinate accent color.
This is a group of colors that are exactly four spaces apart on a standard color wheel. None of them are considered to be compliments. But they can still be used together successfully. Compliments are colors which sit across from each other on the color wheel.
When compliments are used together well they support or “compliment” each other.
I’m hoping these colors look “strange” together. That’s exactly what I’m going for. This idea calls for a very unusual look. The idea is to show a fantastic or super-natural event.