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NEW Mixed Media Painting: True Strength

Title: True Strength.
Original Painting (SOLD)
Prints available in my etsy shop.

this piece started out as a strange character. but rather than cover it up, i knew i had to just let it be and emerge.

so instead of trying to get rid what was there, i worked with the elements and added things i loved…like strawberry rub-on decals, india ink, bleeding art tissue paper and shiva paintsticks.

and from there, she started to come together…

Title: True Strength.
Original Painting (SOLD)
Prints available in my etsy shop.

one of the things i loved most about creating this painting was that in a moment when i didn’t know what to do next, i followed the first thing that came to mind…splatter ink. 

and that’s when her true character came out in the feather below her ear. 

an ink splatter became a perfect feather, and i realized this piece wasn’t about all of those feathers on her head, or the crown she seemed to adorn. this painting was really about the feather over her shoulder. the thing that often goes unnoticed because it seems so natural… her true strength.

from there she got her story…

from a far away land this woman stands strong, knowing that even when everything seems to be falling apart, things fit back together again when you connect with your TRUE STRENGTH. 


ps. if you’re looking for a little extra inspiration, when you register now for my online courses How To Paint An Owl, How To Paint A Girl and How To Create Whimsical Animals you’ll get access to the classroom until Jan 2014…lots of time to get creative! 


  1. 'LOVE the Indian influence. Thanks for showing the process. Nice Post.

  2. Really love this..watching her emerge from start to's almost like seeing a figure in the fog..the closer they get the more clearer we can see them. ~thumbs up~

  3. I just lOVe the colours in this! The layering you do is so interesting to watch. Thankyou for showing the stages, the strawberry motif works really well too! :)xx

  4. Another beautiful painting with so much depth and texture. I LOVE how her story developed as you followed the little whispers coming to you. Such a beautiful process creating art can be. Thank you for sharing yours and always being such an inspiration. 🙂

  5. This is just fabulous! I love how free and beautiful your paintings are!

  6. Thanks for sharing the process!! Very inspiring and veryreasuring to see I am not alone and weird starting something and ending up with a totally different end result than planned! 😉 xxx Maaike

  7. Thanks for sharing. She is an amazing icon of the American Indian strength through many decades.
    Love this one !

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