If I’m not liking my art, I have to cover it up.
It’s usually the eyes or face that I don’t like, so I’ll often dump water on top and smudge the features out. This leaves some of the eyes and features behind and gives me a new place to begin, but since I can still see some old outlines, it’s a way to continue what was already there and try again.
If after a few tries I still don’t like the face, I’ll redraw the character with their eyes closed. This is one of the easiest ways to fix a character and instantly gives calm to any art.
Even if that’s not what you see in the finished piece, it usually softens my character enough so I can feel that same softness in my own heart and begin to move forward, painting from a place of joy.
Once I like my painting again, I feel more confident. Sometimes all I need is to return to that comfort zone so I can stop thinking so much and really get into a flow.
It’s taken a lot of paintings and mistakes to create with this freedom. But learning to paint whimsically and with freedom are completely do-able — you can learn how in my Joy of Painting online course (class starts soon). There’s a 10 minute painting video below to get you started.
In this 10 minute video I share mixed media techniquess for creating a layered background. In class, we’ll layer all sorts of art supplies – oil paintsticks, watercolors, pastel, ink, acrylics, pencil, papers and pen. You’ll learn how to paint more freely, so you can easily develop your own style.