Whenever I get super critical of my paintings, I know it’s tme to take a step away. Then I can remember that I always go through these phases with my artwork.
Sometimes, when I’m lucky, my creativity feels like it’s flowing and I can follow my intuition. But other times, I hate anything I create and just want to cover it up.
Instead of letting any negative self-talk take over, I do whatever it takes to have fun again. That’s when I experiment with art supplies and play.
The other day when this happened, I went back to painting backgrounds. I dripped acrylic inks over acrylic paint. Then I splattered liquid watercolors on top to see what would happen.
It almost felt too easy – dripping and playing with color. But I’ve learned to listen to my inspirations. Soon I was using those same techniques and supplies in the body and hair of my characters… and suddenly my paintings came to life.
This is one of my favorite ways to paint backgrounds and play. In this 19 minute video you’ll learn some of my favorite mixed media techniques for being loose and painting with freedom.
Whenever I allow myself to really play and have fun, I paint more freely. Then I can be brave and paint without the pressure of everything having to be perfect. That’s when a whole new world opens up and creativity flows.
It’s taken a lot of paintings and mistakes to create with freedom. But I believe everyone is creative. Everyone can paint. Everyone can develop their own style — you can learn how in my Serendipity 1 – Develop Your Style online course (which is available as a self-paced course for a limited time) and Serendipity 2 – Loosening Up With Mixed Media (registration closes June 1st).
P.P.S. Many of you have been asking when the next sessoin of Business For Creatives will open, so I’ve put together a self-study version of this online course. Click HERE for all the details on Business For Creatives class.