Art In Progress: See how I create Inspirational art for kids + the kid in you. To learn about art technique + my motivation for creating this piece, click through for a peek. See how paintings evolve from start to finish! Original artwork by Stephanie Martel.

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.)

mountain 3

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.

Mountain 3

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…

Mountain 4

And then I finished with some line and color accents.

Mountain Final

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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