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.

This piece, “Take It Slow” actually started by me throwing some leftover color from my art class palette on a canvas.  I hate wasting paint so sometimes I just start a new canvas quickly at the end of class to use it up.  Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn’t, but I liked these colors together this time.

After I put the color on, I used matte medium to ‘glue’ the collage piece at the bottom.  I started loosely sketching the face out, too.  Suprisingly to me, this was all done in the first session; It reminds me that sometimes working quickly works out better and not to do too much deep thinking, just let the paint speak through the painting….

Take it slow 1

Here is a peek at some other pieces I was working on at the same time.  I try to keep a few in rotation so if I’m waiting for one to dry a little, I can work on another one.  Momentum is my friend 🙂

Take it slow 2

This next phase shows a little more color, some stamping and a sketch of her face.  I added some objects in to inspire the eye to move around the painting.  I love these colors together!

Take it slow 3

Up next: the eyes shine through.  There’s always something magnetic to me when the eyes surface–almost like she comes alive!  So to bring her more to life, I added a little collage piece in the upper right, a flower in her hair and a collar.

Take it slow 4

Stamping in the sentiment gets me so excited–it’s a finishing touch that brings me a lot of joy.

Take it slow Final

This sweet girl is one of my favorites lately, not only for the color scheme, but for the reminder.  You love her too? A print of her is available in my shop.

Be gentle–It’s always good to take it slow.





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