When I see a painting I created even a few years ago, my first instinct is to take it out of its frame and change a few things. I typically leave it alone, but often I stop to think about how the painting can be improved. I know if I didn't change and experiment as I do, my paintings would look like they did years ago.
But there's little chance of that, since I continually find something new - be it technique or subject - to add to my acrylic and oil repertorire. For starters, I may increase the difficulty of my subject matter by adding detail. I also challenge myself by experimenting with tubes of different paint colors. I work transparently or opaquely, depending on the look I want for my subject. For a more free, spontaneous look, I will paint transparently, using my colors mixed only with liquid. If I'm after greater depth, detail and realism, I will work opaquely. Whether I'm painting transparently or opaquely, I begin my process by covering an entire canvas with a transparent wash of color. This helps direct the picture. Then I lay in large areas of color from top to bottom. From there, I work toward smaller shapes of color. My final step is adding detail, and lots of it! Change is hard. But if you try challenging yourself, you will find it improves your work and enjoyment of creativity. So get out those paints, brushes, and a canvas and let's get started!
Author & Artist
From the time as a small girl, I have always admired artwork. My passion is to live for my Lord Jesus Christ, to glorify Him in all that I do. Whether in ministry, the writing and publishing industry, or in the arts, I live to please Him.