mixed media on 12x12 birch wood panel
Another piece I created inspired by Mindy Lacefield's Primitive Portraits class! I am so loving her style of teaching as well as her inspiration to create loose, free, and intuitive. I have long struggled with being able to do just that.
Just the other day I tried to start a piece on this wood panel (which btw is becoming my favorite surface to work on!) and really struggled. I added some random color, started scraping and brushing it around only to feel as if I ruined it all. Just a moment when my mind was truly not focused. So I walked away. Hours later I went back to it and dumped gesso all over it. (thank goodness for gesso!) and soon enough had another blank white space to work on.
For this piece all I used was a Ranger distress ink pad, black stabilo pencil, and some water. I had no idea what the ink would do but I loved the result. I got lost in the moment unexpectedly and tried not to overthink it, just added, taking away, scribbling till it felt done. Actually I had to walk away before I continued to overwork it.
As I stood back looking at it I got chills. That has never happened before in the past 4 years I have been creating art. I feel as if I have stumbled upon a surface and supplies I really vibed to. Who knows, I may stray from this as I tend to do but what I do know is that something in this broke something open in me that I have been longing to see within my art. Possibly a piece of me . . .
Sharing with Paint Party Friday !