It soothes my soul to paint freely with whimsy. I’ve been finishing up a few larger paintings, and creating some new imaginary characters. I keep envisioning all of these characters in a storybook filled with their magical tales, so I’m trying to write and record a few. I’ll share them with you soon!
I’ve also been experimenting with spray paint again.
I generally add oil paintsticks to my final layers – to cut around my characters and make them stand out from a busy background. But with these new pieces, I’ve found that spray paints cover up the oil paintsticks and add extra dimension and depth.
This also allows for beautiful mistakes.
If you’re looking to add more freedom and whimsy to your paintings, don’t cover everything up in your background. Try adding a layer of oil paintstick to a section you’re not liking, then smudge it out with your fingers and add fingerprints to make everything fit together. If you’re still not liking it, add a stripe of ink, then a spritz of spray paint or ink.
I try to stay loose and unintentional as I’m creating. But most of all, I make sure I’m having fun… and paint splatters are always so much fun!