Evolution of a Painting

One thing I love about digital cameras/smartphones is that I can take pictures while I work.

Lots and lots of photos.

Taking progress shots allows you to see the evolution of an art journal page or painting instead of simply feel it. You know what I mean....that truth, the deep-seeded knowledge that something has happened, here, progressed while you were engrossed in your work. You can track the choices and follow the threads. Grabbing the teal for the eyes, you then made the heart, then added the stripes, which made you grab the pink to add dots here and marks there. 

I'm happy, oh-so-happy with this one because I decided to get the heck out of my own way and just give in and do whatever -- just because I was painting outside my journal and on a panel didn't mean I had to do something more "worthwhile," "painting-like," or "better." It simply meant I was painting on something different.

So paint. Make marks. Grab whatever color and whatever brush and prove to yourself that you can make something beautiful.

With all this talk about progress shots, I thought I'd share this painting's evolution. 

I was using it to show off my new stylus, but there she is, the first sitting...

I was using it to show off my new stylus, but there she is, the first sitting...

Here I was showing off stencils...yummy gold! Second sitting...

Here I was showing off stencils...yummy gold! Second sitting...

Here I had some idea and started painting a figure. Sitting three...

Here I had some idea and started painting a figure. Sitting three...

Here I added more detail and decided I hated it. Fourth sitting...

Here I added more detail and decided I hated it. Fourth sitting...

I decided I hated it and painted over the entire thing. Fifth sitting, last night...

I decided I hated it and painted over the entire thing. Fifth sitting, last night...

I let myself doodle, make marks, and play! Here's the final piece and some detail shots:

"I have a secret to tell..." 12"x12" Mixed-Media on wood

"I have a secret to tell..."

12"x12" Mixed-Media on wood

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