Ever Struggle with a Painting?

Mixed Media Painting 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. 



  • Birch panel 12 x 12”

  • Book pages and collage papers

Mediums and Paints:

  • Liquitex clear gesso

  • Stevenson acrylic matte gel

  • Buzz gesso

  • 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”


  • Roller

  • Palette knifes

  • Old credit card

  • Paper towel

  • Water dish

Copy right free photo by Dmitriy Ilkevich on www.unsplash.com

Copy right free photo by Dmitriy Ilkevich on www.unsplash.com

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