When the lovely Theresa Andreas-O’leary nominated me to be part of the “3-in-5 challenge,” it got me looking through my portfolio and seeing just how my artwork has evolved over the years.
I love to share my process from start to finish in my online classes because I find it so deceiving to just look at a finished painting, not knowing all of the time, layers and mistakes that went into it.
I’m usually painting many pieces at once. And, if I’m lucky, I end up finishing one of those pieces and actually liking it.
It takes so many false starts and mistakes before I figure out what really needs to come out of the paint. And it’s taken painting almost every day for the past 4 years to figure that out. To me, the beauty happens in all of the layers.
Here are a few of my favorite first whimsical character paintings that I created in 2009. These were done with felt, sequins, vintage wallpapers, glitter, tissue papers, acrylics and pen on canvas.
When you look at a painting, you’re only seeing that piece. It’s not often you get to see the layers underneath. And that doesn’t even take into account all of the past paintings and creating the artist has done over the years. Let alone all of the experiences and learning that went into inspiring those paintings.
It’s easy to forget when you just look at the finished piece.
Here are a few more recent paintings.
It’s amazing to me to see how my techniques, materials and characters have changed and evolved over the years.
What’s been inspiring you lately? I’d love to know and will look for your comments at the end of this post.
Have a lovely weekend!
Ps. Early registration for my newest online workshop FACES – Mixed Media Portraits ends February 1.
Pps. If you’d like to experiment with a few of my favorite art supplies, watch a few painting tutorials here.