Mistakes always happen while I’m painting. I’ve dumped my water bucket accidentally on a face, ruining my perfect eyes, and had my neighbor’s dog run into my yard and spill black india ink all over a painting (these things happen to me all the time).
It can be SO frustrating to make a mistake or to not be able to paint the idea just as it is in my head. But so often it’s those mistakes that lead me to new techniques or my favorite painting.
When the dog spilled the india ink, I started splattering more intentionally. This made me use more paint drips in my work (and I realized it was so much fun). When I dumped ink on my most perfect eyes, I began adding masks to my characters, and this started an entirely new series of paintings.
That’s why now, it’s so important for me to return to having fun with my artwork. Whenever I begin to take myself too seriously and try too hard (usually when I’ve painted over my eyes a million times), then I remember to return to painting backgrounds or splattering ink. Anything to get me to play again. It’s always in those moments of joy that the real magic happens.
Covering up your eyes and faces and painting with more carefree brushstrokes is something you can totally learn to do — you’ll learn how in my online painting workshops. I’ve also put together a fun Free Painting Workshop to get you started… I hope it inspires you!
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