Whenever I play it helps me feel calm and connected.
For a while, I’d been creating these very layered portraits of women with soft, realistic faces and incredible hair, using lots of mixed media art supplies and papers.
Every painting took SO many layers.
I enjoyed that their story evolved with each layer, but I found, especially on their faces, they lost their initial light and spontaneity. And I stopped having fun.
I kept trying to make my paintings perfect.
So I went back to painting more freely.
I experimented with new colors and art supplies. I dripped inks and allowed my water-soluble pencil to bleed out, even on the eyes. I let my faces and features be weird and wonky.
I accepted the imperfections and a whole new world opened up. It all reminded me to be a little kinder to myself and have more fun with my art.
Often times it just takes finding a new technique or color combination to bring my artwork to life. It’s when I start to play that things come so much more easily, without worrying about making everything look perfect.
Then, from that place of joy, things happen naturally and intuitively, so I can be loose in my art again.
You can see just how I use some of these ideas and techniques in the Joy Of Painting video sneak peek below.
This video is one of the backgrounds we create for a project in The Joy Of Painting. In this 9 minute video I share one of my favorite mixed media techniques in for creating a lusciously layered background.