Do you struggle to cover up your art? I do (all the time).
Another way I cover up my art is to fingerpaint. There can never be a wrong way and it’s so fun to just smoosh paint around.
I squeeze out 2-3 colors right onto my painting surface, smudge them together and add extra fingerprints to see what happens. This usually helps me let go so that I feel free once I go back to my whimsical character.
But the other day I was painting and I started to feel super rigid and tight. Not even fingerpainting or splattering acrylic inks seemed to be working. I just wasn’t feeling any freedom or flow.
So I got out of the studio. I went for a long hike in a place I hadn’t been for awhile. I found a new path up into the hills and I started to explore. I saw new birds and took photos of the spring flowers… and a whole new world opened up. I felt my spirit soar.
I finally realized my freedom doesn’t always happen in the studio. I have to try something new, shift my perspective and keep doing more of what I love. Then that joy and love can flow into my art.
In this video from my Whimsical Animals online class, you’ll see how I use some of these playful ideas and techniques to create softness and add fingerprints to my characters.