As I’ve been painting my heart out these last few weeks, I’ve realized that whenever I’m about to reach a really incredible breakthrough, there’s always many ugly stages (just before).
Oftentimes, I nearly give up.
But I’ve learned to allow the weird and wonky bits of me, the imperfections, mistakes and color experiments to stand out. I’ve learned to be okay with being unique.
So whenever I’m stuck with my art, I don’t let myself look at any other artwork.
If I do, I start to compare myself to everyone else and waste so much time “getting inspired” that I don’t get back into the studio.
Instead, I go back to painting owls, play with water-soluble oil pastels in one of my coloring books or paint backgrounds to let go. That way, when I come back to painting my other characters, my creativity is open and free for mess making.
In this video preview of a project from my online course Serendipity 1 – Develop Your Style, I share some of my favorite supplies and techniques for creating a painting with lots of layers.
If you’re looking to add more whimsy and freedom to your artwork, paint with your fingertips and add layers of your favorite papers – like sheet music or book pages.