The beginning of this was a bit of a ‘do-over’. There was an original underneath that I just wasn’t that psyched about, so I decided to paint over it and create something else. That’s the beauty of acrylics, you can always add a layer and paint over what you don’t like. Sometimes that can be hard if you want to save parts of the original, but luckily, I wanted it allllll to go. So here’s the first layer:
Then I added some collage and muddied that up a little with some color. There’s not too much thinking at this point, I’m just putting down paper and moving the brush. I try not to get too caught up in how it looks at this stage (that can be hard sometimes.)
I went with some more accent colors and drips. I was starting to feel stuck here, like I boxed myself in with the paper, but it’s important to keep moving when I feel like this. Kind of like life, yes? Feelings are moment to moment, I try not to get too attached because I know they come and go.
I added more layers of color to blend it together and some subtle stamping with a few strong objects. It started to feel more cohesive…
And then I finished with some line and color accents.
Art is so much fun, isn’t it? I really like the colors and the whimsical feel of this one. It reminded me that I can always start over–the original was an eye sore (to me) and now I turned it into something I love. Such a great lesson.
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