Spontaneity. I’m not always up for it; however, I love the spontaneity that art allows me. It’s such a rush to begin drawing something new and to see where the sparks fly. I’m new to watercolour and acrylics, as in the past, I primarily sketched. So, I get frustrated when the paint I apply on the canvas doesn’t turn out the way I want.
Recently, I watched a very cool video by artist, Tamara Laporte, of Willowing Arts on how she created her moon children paintings. I just love her stylised whimsical style and the way she layers colour and texture using various mediums. I was fascinated by her creative process and delighted when she explained that she became so frustrated with this particular work that she almost threw it out. Even a seasoned, talented artist like Tamara gets frustrated with her work and doesn’t always like the way it turn outs. I’m tempted to do ditch many of the works I start because I don’t like how they end up looking. It can be utterly disappointing. Tamara painted over parts of this work multiple times, trying to get it to her liking. It was encouraging to see that even professional artists face challenges in their own process and work. The message I took away after watching Tamara’s video is let go and let it flow. And, don’t get too discouraged when things don’t turn out to my liking the first time around. Just keep exploring. Get out of my own way. Kind of a life metaphor.
In the painting above, I tried to do just that. I honestly don’t particularly like the purple streak in this gal’s hair or her eyes, but I didn’t want to paint over the watercolour, as it probably would not have ended well. I used coloured pencil and a black acrylic pen for finer detail. What a great three-day weekend to make more art.