My painting process is all about following my intuition. Yet sometimes I feel lost. I’ve no idea what to paint.
I can have this idea to add a splash of purple red in the upper left. But I wonder why. Instead of questioning it, I just do it. Then later I realize that color is really a flower in my girl’s hair.
It’s the overthinking that can get me into trouble.
Time and time again, I realize one thing leads me to the next. And I can get there so much more easily if I just loosen up and have fun with my paintings. All I need to do is let go and listen. Then everything falls into place.
But sometimes it’s so difficult to find that flow.
That’s when I go back to playing. I get out Supplies and colors I never use (and am not afraid of using up), I set a giant canvas out in the backyard and I splatter paint. I make a mess.
Then when I come back to painting a face or eyes, I’m not as afraid to cover them up or try something new.
I spent so much time trying to make my eyes and faces perfect – until one day I realized it was the imperfections that made them most unique.
That’s why now, it’s so important for me to go back to playing and get loose by painting my background layers.
I finally realized those background layers not only inspire where my eyes and features should be, but they also help me feel more free and confident.
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I hope it keeps you inspired!