I used to be afraid to cover up my art. I didn’t want to ruin a painting. I feared I wouldn’t be able to create anything better. Having photos of my art in progress helps me understand what works and what doesn’t, where I’ve gone too far and how I got to a finished painting I love.
It reminds me there’s always an ugly stage. But my progress photos also help me recreate a painting I’ve cover up.
The other day I was painting and I started to feel like my character looked too pasted on. So I added a ton of dots, splatters and color. I pushed it all too far and made it super busy and muddy.
I got frustrated. I stopped having fun. I knew it was time to look back at my progress photos.
This is one of the easiest ways to get back a painting I’ve covered up. I try to recreate that painting at the earlier stage or start something new, using that photo as inspiration.
Sometimes all I need is to get out of my comfort zone and start playing again so I can really get into a flow, let go and try something new.
In this video you’ll see how I go about covering up the parts of a painting I don’t like. This is one of the whimsical animals we create in my Happy Painting Mini Course. I use oil paintsticks, pencil and acrylic paints on tops of inks, watercolors, soft pastels and paint pen to create a soft-looking face with lots of dimension and character.
If you’ve been wanting to paint together, but feel like you don’t have a lot of time, I’ve put together this self-paced, Happy Painting mini course, which has five instant-access projects. This online workshop is perfect for beginners or anyone looking to get creative and play.