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Painting Owls + Finding Your Artistic Voice

I’m so excited to paint with everyone in Faces – Mixed Media Portraits, which starts September 25th. Thank you to everyone that has already registered!

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Lately I’ve been going back to painting owls.

For awhile I had been creating these very renaissance-style portraits with soft, realistic faces and incredible hair. I enjoyed that I could make them look very human, but still full of magic and color. 
 
While I still adore creating these flower girls, I found that these paintings were missing something. 
 
After countless attempts in the studio, many new owl paintings and lots of covered up canvases, I finally recognized that these new pieces were missing the mixed media art supplies I initially fell in love with when I first started painting my whimsical characters.

 

I spent so much time trying to reign in my creativity and paint something new, that I stopped myself from having fun and painting freely.  

I had restricted my palette to just acrylics, oils, pen and pencil. 

So I went back to adding more layers of my favorite art supplies – origami papers, tissue papers, water-soluble oil pastels, india inks and spray paint.

I started to make a huge mess! But I finally realized those elements that come out in my paintings when I allow myself to play, make mistakes and experiment, are the traits that make me and my artwork most unique. 
 
I’m looking forward to seeing where this takes me and my work next. I’ll be sharing what I’m creating every day… feel free to follow along over on instagram and facebook.

With love + gratitude,
xo Juliette

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