Lately I’ve been going back to painting owls.
For awhile I had been creating these very renaissance-style portraits with soft, realistic faces and incredible hair. I enjoyed that I could make them look very human, but still full of magic and color.
While I still adore creating these flower girls, I found that these paintings were missing something.
After countless attempts in the studio, many new owl paintings and lots of covered up canvases, I finally recognized that these new pieces were missing the mixed media art supplies I initially fell in love with when I first started painting my whimsical characters.
I spent so much time trying to reign in my creativity and paint something new, that I stopped myself from having fun and painting freely.
I had restricted my palette to just acrylics, oils, pen and pencil.
So I went back to adding more layers of my favorite art supplies – origami papers, tissue papers, water-soluble oil pastels, india inks and spray paint.
I started to make a huge mess! But I finally realized those elements that come out in my paintings when I allow myself to play, make mistakes and experiment, are the traits that make me and my artwork most unique.
With love + gratitude,
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