Friday, December 5, 2014


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 . . . 

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  1. That is wonderful news for you. Love the painting, perfect. Happy PPF, Annette x

  2. Beautiful and inspiring work at your blog!

    Smiles, Saskia :)

  3. Beautiful in its simplicity ....

  4. I've never tried working on wood but you have certainly mastered it. Beautiful piece.

  5. Stunning with loads of emotion! I love Mindys work, so glad it opened you up!

    Hugs Giggles

  6. this is so beautiful!! I took Mindy's Sunday Mornings free online class and it was a breakthrough for me too about loosening up. Isn't it SO wonderful to get a feeling and breakthrough such as this? keep going!

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