If I’ve spent so much time trying to make one painting work, I usually feel less attached to another ruined painting and can take it in a new direction. Maybe I won’t get it right in that next try, but if I’m playing and not caring so much about how a face turns out, I can uncover something that does work.
Then I can go back to that first painting I’d been so frustrated with and try out that new technique.
Again, it might not work and it probably won’t be perfect since it’s one of the first times I’m trying it out.
But I finally realized those elements that come out in my paintings when I’m playing and unattached are the traits that eventually define my style.
You’ll see how I use some of these playful ideas to start my face in The Joy Of Painting video sneak peek below.
In this video preview you’ll see one of the techniques I use to begin the eyes on my faces. Initially, I’d started the face on what became the bear’s belly (you can still see a bit of the eyes and lips). I’d still thought I’d be painting a woman, so I started the my new face with big eyes and added lips, but I soon learned the lips had been a mistake and, while I didn’t want to wreck my painting, I knew it must be turned into an animal.
Have a wonderful weeend! Happy painting!