an awesome, much improved work in progress


Usually, when I write these blog posts, I write the story then determine what the title should be.  This is the first time (that I can recall anyway) that I had the title first and I am writing to fit the title.  This title is apropos for two reasons.  The first, I don’t have a new finished painting this week so I will be sharing works in progress.  The second is that I have met yet again an old stumbling block within myself where I get stalled in my tracks and I don’t know where to turn.  So while I have learned so much in this mastery program and am much improved, I too am the work in progress.  I suppose I will always be.  Just on some days it will be more obvious that others.

So first with the work in progress paintings.  All of the following are mixed media pieces on watercolor paper.

With the above piece, I started with inks, then used spray paint and acrylics.  I still have quite a way to go but once I figure out where I am going with it, I will finish in oils to get depth and movement in the piece.

Below, I started working on another hummingbird painting but I had become really stuck with it.  I wasn’t sure what I wanted to do and I wasn’t very inspired.  This is the old stumbling block that would usually have me stuck for days (weeks, months) or would cause me to scrap the piece entirely and move on to something else.  Thankfully, this time I had my mentor to reach out to who gave me the suggestion to let loose and just play with ideas.  It may turn into something and it may not but it is an opportunity to explore.  So, I have already moved on and it no longer looks like this.  Next week I will share the outcome, good or bad.

This next piece is at my favorite stage.  So far I’ve just used pencil and markers but I will move on to spray paint and maybe inks.  This is a concept that has been roaming around in my head for a few weeks now. Again, I will share more next week.  Hopefully I will be able to move through this piece without what appears so far to be the requisite angst of my process.

Have a great weekend and see you next week!

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