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Lately, I’ve been thinking that timing really is everything.
A few years ago, I wrote a novel about a girl who could jump into her drawings. I was one of 14 writers accepted into a 6 week writing workshop on the east coast. And when I finished my novel, I flew out to Washington DC to meet with my ideal literary agent. But then I got scared and burned out.
Because of that burn-out, I started painting in my backyard…ironically, that’s how all of my whimsical paintings began! Now I’ve been longing to return to writing again. But when I took time in February to reread my novel, my heart just wasn’t into it. So, I started a new writing project…(which I’ll share more of with you soon!). As I’ve been writing, I started these BIG paintings, but I couldn’t finish a single one!
So, I went back to my small paintings. And a funny thing happened…
I let go and started playing with paint again. I forgot about having any sort of my own style to maintain and just went with it!
Then, inspired by film-maker Tim Burton and class with Mindy Lacefield of Tim’s Sally, I found in the paint this character with a long face and nose.
The original sketch was based on a chalk drawing I’d quickly done on the patio the other morning…a sketch of this character with a big head and boxy body, and little wings and feet.
I wasn’t liking the feet in this painting, so i got rid of them with all of that white paint…
and then the wings just grew and grew!
You can see the inspiration from Tim Burton’s art there on the left.
Well, when I stepped back to take this photo, I realized just what this character was…it’s a character from my novel!
Now I just can’t stop painting these Snooters (that’s what they’re named in my book)! It really took all of that painting BIG and writing and exploring before to get to the right place to paint these Snooters now.
And I can’t wait to see where they go to next!
ps. i can’t wait to paint with everyone in my upcoming HOW TO PAINT A GIRL ecourse. read what past students had to say and see some of their gorgeous artwork too on the testimonials page!
Register here for HOW TO PAINT A GIRL… class begins May 25!
pps. here are two of the BIG paintings i’ve been working on. both are still in-progress…reminders to enjoy and have faith in the process (and the journey)!
Have a wonderful weekend!