Lately I’ve been taking some time to really slow down and indulge in being creative.
But a few days ago I was painting and I got really frustrated.
For a while I’d been creating these very layered portraits of women with realistic faces and wild hair, using lots of art supplies and papers. I enjoyed that they evolved with every mark and layer, but I found I stopped having fun.
I kept trying to make them look perfect (especially their eyes and faces), so I went back to painting more simply.
I painted owls. I painted cats. I painted with a lighter, more loose style. I splattered inks and added drips whenever a face looked too perfect. I allowed my eyes and body shapes to remain asymmetrical and a little wonky. I started to play with my paintings again and found things came so much more easily.
So today I want to share with you the project that helped me loosen up and let go! These techniques always help me find flow and reignite my creativity so I can be loose in my art.
This project is one I come back to again and again to loosen up and play. It’s a sketchbook project included in my Bliss Mixed Media Painting online class.
This is how I keep creating whenever I travel too. It’s so fun to just take a few supplies and get outside.
In the video, I talk you through my painting process, letting you know when I make mistakes and how I fix them, so you can be loose in your art, let go and finish paintings you love.
Sometimes it just takes playing to get out of my head and let go so I can stop thinking so much and really get into a flow.
In this 10 minute video you’ll learn:
- My techniques for loosening up, especially when painting faces
- The process I use to paint eyes whenever I work in my sketchbook
- My method for painting more intuitively and finding flow
Here’s a little of what students are saying about their experiences in my classes…
“I’ve always painted colorfully, but after taking Juliette Crane’s course, I’m adding collage and dots. I’m also less of a perfectionist as well.” -Raetta Parker
“I have grown in leaps and bounds thanks to your inspiration — I take many online classes, but I feel that yours inspire me the most — not only are your lessons great with lots of great techniques, but I love seeing how you are not afraid to paint over and transform your paintings into a new one — I also think that it is great that you comment on every piece of work with encouragement not just hitting the like button.” -Joanne Summy
“Your instruction is not just an instruction on how to paint pretty pictures but it’s for creative process. It helped me in facing my fear of I’m-gonna-mess-this-up or I’m-not-a-good-artist. I really love that you guided me through openness so I can let what wants to appear, appear. So grateful.” -Zoi Fuji
“I love your forgiving approach and so appreciate your personal thoughts, especially tips for working through the creative ruts and dry spells we all encounter from time to time.” -Kim Lacefield
I hope it all keeps you inspired!
Click here to learn more about Bliss class (registration is open for a limited time)
P.P. S. Registration closes Monday for Enchanted Soulful Eyes and Faces class (this is the perfect course if you want to focus on faces).