Whenever I’m struggling to be loose in my art, I have to take a step away.
I often look back at my past paintings and discover little things I love: a stripe of fluorescent pink oil paintstick beside a fingerprint of pyrrole red, a splash of pink ink in the corner, or a rainbow of water soluble oil pastels.
Then I repeat those elements in my next paintings.
If you’re looking to find your artistic voice, repeat more and more of the things you love in your own artwork, whether it’s a color combination, a technique or supply, or the way you’ve positioned the eyes or body shape.
Before you know it, you’ll be strengthening your voice and have a series of artwork that really shows your own unique style.
Oftentimes, just having those few anchor points that I can use whenever I get stuck, helps me to overcome creative blocks, so I can be brave, follow my own joy and let go.
In this video you’ll see how I begin to create a more primitive portrait, using some of my favorite mixed media supplies like tissue papers, acrylics, inks, oil paintsticks, pen and pencil.
In Faces class you’ll learn techniques and characters to help you overcome creative blocks and develop your own style, especially when painting eyes and faces.
My hope for you is that these mixed media portraits will give you many places to begin, so you can learn to let go, have fun with your artwork and paint in a style that is unique to YOU.