When She Becomes Alive

This is my favorite part.  I never really thought about it, but since I am painting more and more, I can’t help but notice the collection I have created.  I started documenting with my phone my progress in my art journal paintings.  This is a point that I feel I can stop and where I am.  I realized I had a collection and took a look last night of these stops, here are just some of them.  I’m grateful for starting with learning to draw a face.  For me, something comes out of me and goes into the face that I wasn’t aware was even there.  The eyes are a window into a soul so there comes a point when that window is looking back at me and I can relate to her and another process begins.  I never experienced this before or knew that I could.  In experiencing this, it doesn’t matter the end result, which is what I always thought was the most important thing, it’s not.  I love what I am learning in these paintings about the process, myself, and where I am going in this journey.  These eyes are not done and my current painting, but she is alive now 🙂

Rose Girl

I feel like I am always trying to challenge myself and try different things.  I use to give up very easily.  Things i would work on would get put aside if I didn’t like the way they were turning out.  When I was working on this portrait, I struggled during the drawing.  I was trying to draw a more realistic face and it just wasn’t working.  I ended up drawing her eyes several times.  When I first painted her, she looked like a criminal and was very mean.  I didn’t get a good feeling at all when I completed the first color in her face.  I’m learning and have learned to trust this process and keep going and I’m glad I did. Rose Girl is created with all watercolors.

Fiery Watercolor Owl

 In the winter, at least for the past 3 years, my heart wants to paint a owl.  I’m not sure if it’s because they are more visible in the stillness of winter or the holidays but this painting has been my most challenging to date.  I used only watercolors for this painting and a lot of details, and patience.  I am very excited with the results of this Fiery Owl painting.

Art Journal – Pray

I created “Pray” after I completed the Watercolor Dreams class.  Since the watercolor dreams class I have completed several drawings waiting to be painted.  There were so many that I wanted to do in that same style so it ended up that “Pray” was the first one I completed with techniques from the Watercolor Dreams class.  I am still learning to let go in my paintings.