This piece is inspired by one of my favourite artists, who I looked to for improving the freedom of my technique.
This painting means something special to me, not because of what it looks like, but what it represents. Underneath the thick layers of colourful acrylic, there are two of my previous paintings which I poured over for hours, making continuous adjustments, critically comparing each detail to my reference photos and then starting all over again by quickly sweeping a layer of white paint over my work. I repeated this process twice.
To others, it seemed like a waste of time and effort, but to me this was not a pointless task. It was a valuable lesson in learning about myself as an artist, and about what works and what doesn’t when putting paint to canvas. I am a self taught, and find that making mistakes and creating ‘failed masterpieces’ is all part of the learning process as I continue my journey to on the road to becoming a full time artist.
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Emily. Your work and words are pure inspiration. thankyou for helping pull me out of my rut. i stumbled across your blog randomly, just know that your words reached all the way to massachussetts where my water buffalo painting has been stumping me for 2 months. paint brush back in my hand, thank you fairy girl.
Thank you so much Mira! I’m so so glad that my posts have been useful to you 🙂 you are incredibly welcome, you have made my day a very happy one- paint away! I would love to see your finished masterpiece xx