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 🙂
This week’s mixed media from my art journal. A Girl and Her Fox. I’m doing a lot of practicing from reference photos and also from my own head and this is a combination of both. I was also a lot more messy in this process and was trying to trust this process. I used watercolor, acrylic and digital elements.
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.
“Listen Only to what sets you Free” was created with only watercolors and is inspired by words that I saw written on the internet. She was created in all watercolors. What set’s us free will vary greatly, we are individuals, and that is ok. Listen only to what sets YOU free and let others do the same.
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.
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.