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Friday, January 27, 2012

"Supposed Former Infatuation Junkie (Alanis)"

'Supposed Former Infatuation Junkie (Alanis)' by Shiloh Moore
Note: I do not own copyright to this image. I painted it as an exercise, it is not for sale

This painting is a portrait of Alanis Morissette from a photo in the booklet of her second CD, 'Supposed Former Infatuation Junkie'. I was drawn to the picture when I first saw it in 1998. I love the movement, the pure joy that emanates from the image.

Firstly I drew this black and white drawing of a close up of the picture.

To me this screamed 'I want colour'. I am not very experienced with watercolour or guache and I was scared I'd ruin the drawing.

So I started on a canvas with acrylic paints.

This is a photo of the original picture, with the colours completed on my acrylic canvas. I was just starting to do the black.

My favourite song on this album was 'That I Would Be Good.' In 1998 when it came out, it was particularly poignant as it mirrored the losses in my life at that point from illness:

"That I Would Be Good" by Alanis Morissette
(c) 1998 Maverick Recording Company

That I would be good even if I did nothing
That I would be good even if I got the thumbs down
That I would be good if I got and stayed sick
That I would be good even if I gained ten pounds

That I would be fine even if I went bankrupt
That I would be good if I lost my hair and my youth
That I would be great if I was no longer queen
That I would be grand if I was not all knowing

That I would be loved even when I numb myself
That I would be good even when I am overwhelmed
That I would be loved even when I was fuming
That I would be good even if I was clingy

That I would be good even if I lost sanity
That I would be good
Whether with or without you

Finally I played on the computer with my original drawing and came up with this.

I've really enjoyed making this piece!


  1. Shi "That I Would Be Good" is "the" song for me also that I have fondly adopted during this illness as my song. It represents my grief and losses, but also my sense that I'm ok anyway in spite of these things. Lovely to see you art, but to hear someone echo their pleasure in the same song for the same reasons basically as me, was comforting. Love Jodi xo.

    1. Glad to hear it Jodi x It was empowering to hear a song that expresses that we are valuable even with all these losses. We are indeed xx

  2. I LOVED listening to Alanis Morissette during my bedridden days as well. I always loved the line in Ironic....'I'm sick but I'm pretty'....Love the lyrics in the 'That I would be good' too. Great painting Shi. Xx

    1. Thanks VBG! There was nothing like some angry female indie rock for sweet catharsis :)

  3. LOVE LOVE LOVE.....
    Also, never heard of this song. Will defs check it out now. Love the lyrics. I so relate to them too. xx Kate

  4. Hi there!
    That painting is absolutley gorgeous, I love that picture of Alanis.
    Unfortunatly I suck on painting by my self, so I had an artist to made exactly that one for me three years ago, and I thought that I was the only one with that painting ;)

    1. Wow! It's a beautiful image, hey, it screams to be made. That's amazing you asked for it to be made too :) Thanks for commenting and letting me know! x