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Painting these BIG pieces is a completely different experience for me.
At first, I always feel like I need to know exactly what I am going to paint. If you’re a regular reader of this blog you know that is not how I paint.
I like to let my characters come to me out of the canvas.
Whenever I force it, my pieces don’t have the same depth or feeling. Yet when I’m painting so large I feel like I’m wasting paint and precious art supplies if I don’t start with a plan.
By stepping back, I’ve learned that I just don’t have fun with painting unless it’s spontaneous and free-ing. My favorite part of the process is when the painting reveals a story to me.
So especially when painting big, I’ve had to learn to let go and follow my instincts.
This bunny went through a lot of different layers.
It was always meant to be a rabbit, yet I tried to push it into new directions, which never, ever works for me. For a while, I tried very hard to turn it into a lion.
Then once I accepted it as a rabbit, I started having fun with my painting process again.
I stopped pushing and trying to control everything. I forgot all about wasting paint and just played.
Then it wasn’t until I closed its eyes that everything really fell into place.