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It Took Courage – A New Painting On Paper

With all of my recent paintings and paintings on paper, I haven’t stopped to take photos of the process from start to finish.

But this lion was different.

This lion went from a flower girl to a giraffe before evolving into a winged lion.

Most of my paintings on paper are very quick, so they don’t have a lot of layers. But this piece I left overnight. I was loving the girl with her long neck and grew so attached that I couldn’t finish her.

The next morning I woke up and while I still loved my giraffe girl, I wanted to change her into something new.

And so, she became a lion.

Each layer got a little bit more refined.

But whenever I leave a painting and don’t connect with the character any more, I just have to go for it and paint over it.

I kind of love that the new layers add more and more to the painting’s story.

For this painting, I layered all sort of my favorite art supplies on book pages- acrylics, inks, washi tape, tissue papers, lokta papers, and charcoal.

I am also loving to journal with marker on these book pages, then tear them to pieces and puzzle them back together again on another book page. That really adds depth and thickness to the final piece.

I’ll have all of my latest paintings on paper in my online shop in mid-May. If you see one you’d like and would like me to hold it for you, please contact me for details.

Happy painting!

Juliette Crane


  1. Wow very clever – that is courage.

  2. I’m so loving your paintings on pages, juliette.
    It’s as though you’ve found a safe new place to really be you, and it’s truly lovely 🙂

    • that’s so true, jane. exactly what it feels like and it’s bringing out this whole new side i’ve needed to release. xo

  3. Your art is magical. It really speaks to me. Thanks for sharing it 🙂

  4. I’m visiting your blog and admiring your paintings since a few months now and finally yesterday evening I tried acrylic myself. Not so sure about the result but it was fun to do it.

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