If I’m not liking my art, I have to cover it up.
It’s usually the eyes and face I don’t like and it’s super scary to paint over them. I’m always afraid I won’t be able to recreate what’s already there (or do any better).
To make it easier, oftentimes I’ll repaint the character with closed eyes – like I did with the owl in your free painting workshop.
But another way I get over that fear and cover up my art is to splatter acrylic inks and liquid watercolors on top. Then sometimes I’ll dump some water and really make a mess.
This may sound crazy, but it’s the perfect way to be loose in your art.
I smudge the water, inks and paint together, then wipe it all off, leaving some of the old outlines showing through.
This usually leaves the features all blurred and wonky. Then I can redraw my face using what’s still there as my guide and try again (and again).
Sometimes this leaves me at an ugly stage, but if I take a step away, return to playing or paint whimsical animals, I can stay loose and let go, which always helps me uncover something new and unexpected.
You’ll see some of the playful techniques I use to add color and work through the ugly stage in my Free Painting Workshop (it’s all about having fun, which helps me keep my marks loose).
I hope you have a beautiful weekend!