I found all of these canvases with half finished characters. If I wait too long to finish a painting, I simply cannot begin again where I left off (not even close). So I’ve been painting over parts of my old artwork. Do you ever find it difficult to cover up parts of your paintings? I do (a lot).
All of my experiences and emotions go into my artwork. But I’ve realized that part of my creative process is trying new things and covering up what I don’t like.
If I don’t take that risk and just go for it, I usually never like what I create.
I have to try something new to figure out what works in my paintings. Then when I figure out what works, I can make it better.
Sometimes I don’t know my character is missing a halo until I add it. I might be playing around – adding feathers, wings and halos – then I’ll make changes to the background and only after realize the halo is what works. But often it’s just a little off.
So I have to get rid of everything that’s not working, including the halo, and draw it back in again so that it fits (as if I planned it that way).
Re-doing certain elements that don’t quite fit and covering up my artwork often makes a beautiful mistake appear completely intentional. And, most of the time, it leads me to uncover something new (and even better)… that thing I couldn’t have discovered unless I took that chance.
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