This piece turned out a lot different than it started. And that’s true with a lot of things in life, yes? We have a certain idea as to where we want to end up, and the twists and turns of life lead us off into a new direction. Something I’ve learned from painting is to just go with the flow. Some of the best ‘mistakes’ I’ve made have led me to a place of true happiness and fulfillment.
So I started this one with just throwing some color on the canvas. There’s something I love about orange and hot pink together–the vibrancy of the colors get my heart racing. I used a brayer
for the dot-looking things and I used a toothy-comb thing
to create the lines.
I wanted to add some contrast, so in went the drips, some teal stamping and little black around the edges.
At this point I realized a grid was appearing so I softened it up with a little white and light blue. It’s all about the feeling I get when I look at it–if it seems too harsh, I soften it up. If everything is blending, I try to create some contrast to make it more interesting. It’s all about finding the right balance.
I collaged in the bird and some accents. (I really love collage, it feels like I’m adding a whole other dimension.)
And then I stamped in the sentiment. I love the idea that we’re all born with our own special talents that can take us wherever we want to go; it’s all about following your heart and listening to those calls. We were meant to fly.
I’m done with it for now, but may add some doodling adornments in a bit, I want to sit with it for a while.