Ever Struggle with a Painting?
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.
Birch panel 12 x 12”
Book pages and collage papers
Mediums and Paints:
Liquitex clear gesso
Stevenson acrylic matte gel
Golden fluid matte medium
Liquitex acrylic titanium white
Liquitex inks in transparent raw sienna, raw umber, transparent burnt sienna
Golden heavy body in quinacridone nickel azo gold, raw sienna, raw umber
Grey Matters palette paper
Pencils and Brushes:
HB pencil, kneaded eraser, pencil sharpener
White and black charcoal
Aquarellable stabilo all
Assorted brushes: Princeton Select Filbert (sizes 8, 6, 4, 5/0), spotter 5/0
Artists Loft 2”
Old credit card
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