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