Acrylic on Canvas 1m x 1m.

This started out as a self portrait, bright and happy like many of my figurative works, but as I continued I was thinking of the concept of authenticity. Suddenly I was squirting charcoal paint over the canvas. My subconscious took over from the conscious. I am so excited about this work. I feel it to be unconventional in regards to my usual style, although I haven’t yet settled on a specific style. This work has inspired me to go on a quest into the realms of the landscapes of the mind and soul and explore the archeypes of humanity.

I feel I am about to embark on an exciting journey.

Sold to a collector in Texas.

Enjoy, comment freely and all my thanks as always – Carmen ; )



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My paintings are an exploration and expression of my personal emotions, interpersonal relationships and recollections of childhood; the human condition; and also influenced by my travel experiences and their influences on my senses as well as inspiration drawn from current fashion and pop culture.

My aim is to represent my world and express, with my chosen media the emotional moments, quirky twists and often humorous encounters of life.

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  • flower68
    flower68about 6 years ago

    way sexy baby!I adore the colours and the little details.I did a similar thing with pastels a few weeks back.Just put whatever was in my head and my heart on the surface.Very liberating!!

  • flower68
    flower68about 6 years ago

    oh,and I love the little angel.She’d look great on a tee,or a card just on her own :_)

  • Thanks Petal! The angel is the small facet of ourselves that recedes when the shadow speaks, after dialogueing with this work I feel that my shadow is both industrious and a bit of a trickster/rogue. Thanks for your comment : )

    – Carmen Cilliers

  • RMonroe
    RMonroeabout 6 years ago

    Truly exciting and it looks as if you are on your way to wonderful journey. This is brilliant. Love it:)

  • Thanks Robin… well if that journey is to beginning i need to “pull finger” and go get some more paint at Jacksons… I never use white, now suddenly I need tons of it! Actually sod it, maybe I’ll just use house paint!

    – Carmen Cilliers

  • RMonroe
    RMonroeabout 6 years ago

    LOL…You go girl:)

  • Damien Venditti
    Damien Vendittiabout 6 years ago

    you’re really mixing it up these days Carmen, great results too
    the unknown journey to me is sometimes more interesting than focusing on a particular style
    the consistent quality of your work and your adventurous artist spirit is an inspiration

  • “the consistent quality of your work and your adventurous artist spirit is an inspiration” – Thank You Damo : ) that’s a lovely thing to say friend.

    – Carmen Cilliers

  • Ariane
    Arianeabout 6 years ago

    Very interesting – balanced – great colours – exciting – well done Carmen.

  • Stephen Maxwell
    Stephen Maxwellabout 6 years ago

    Great image Carmen, I like the little details and ‘graffiti’; details which really add to the overall result.

  • Elaine  Manley
    Elaine Manleyabout 6 years ago

    awesome!! you are a fantastic painter

  • Thanks for taking the time to check it out Lu – much appreciated babe : )

    – Carmen Cilliers

  • kafka
    kafkaabout 6 years ago

    Hey Carmen – very, very special work! – this has all the hallmarks of your previous work but has also a much deeper and more ‘serious’ level which marks it out as the work of a painter who is really getting to realise something about themselves as an artist – no wonder you are excited about it, it is a fabulous painting and could be the first of the ones that make you famous!
    I have so enjoyed watching your work develop over the past (is it really nine months since we joined?!) I just knew that one day you were going to come up with a serious contender………and here it is !!!…………..x and congratulations

  • I am excited about it and a bit nervous too in a way because I am not sure how I am going to develop the concept without it looking forced or contrived. Sometimes we have these brain waves but put too much pressure on ourselves. I think I can see a couple of genres happening and need to just let them keep unfolding.
    I really appreciate your comments…your encouragement and your input – and surely it hasn’t been 9 months! Bloody hell?

    – Carmen Cilliers

  • Heloisa Castro
    Heloisa Castroabout 6 years ago


  • Thank you!!!

    – Carmen Cilliers

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