Connect to Your Piece: Mixed Media Free Art Lesson

Ever struggle with an art piece?

Connect to Your Piece: mixed media art lesson by Melanie Rivers

I just wasn't connecting with this painting as I was creating her. Most paintings go through the 'ugly' stage, but this was different. While I started to get frustrated and doubt that I could ever paint anything I liked again (familiar??), I asked myself these questions:

  • Did it matter if I connected with the piece?

  • Did I want to continue?

  • Did I enjoy myself so far?

  • Did I learn something?

  • Could I be bold and experiment?

  • Did I want to go back to a familiar technique?

I asked for help from other artists in the on-line art community. Many said put her aside for a few days so that is what I did. I ended up going back to a familiar technique and adding more opaque layers and warmer colours. I feel a connection now.

I share my whole process of working through this struggle in this video. 


Copy right free photo by Dmitriy Ilkevich on

Copy right free photo by Dmitriy Ilkevich on

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