My Painting Process (or lack thereof)

Most people look at a blank canvas and start to worry. They run through calculations and diagrams in their mind, smudging their eraser across the once-white surface, falling deeper into self-consciousness and worry than before they began.

Do not be like this, friends. Create things and make art without the hesitation that you might make a mistake. Have confidence in the fact that you are making something beautiful and unique, and it will be a work in progress for as long as you want it to be.

Today I shall take you through the process of a sporadic painter, arriving at a finished product that was not preconceived or expected in the least.

I began by priming the canvas with acrylic gesso. I use it on all my pieces, and love the texture it creates and the vibrancy it gives to the paint.

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Next, I chose whatever colors caught my eye first, and mixed them in my plastic pallet. Anything goes at this point, and clouds were the first thing to come to my mind. I created them using different shades to add depth, mixing in hues randomly.

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After that, I decided to add more color. Starting first with a small amount of yellow, blending in white as I went.

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Bam. Then I got colorful, stretching the color out among the clouds and adding soft pinks.
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As I got further into my sky image, I blended lighter blues around the edges so the yellow and pink were still prominent and maintained their desired effect.

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I finished it with a circular strokes of paint that I mixed with a gel medium which creates a transparency in the color as it is painted onto the canvas. This was to give the top portion of the piece a “dreamlike” feel, and not distract from the bold colors on the southern portion of the canvas.

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Voila! My cloudy dreamland piece can be found on my Etsy shop PaintingCheerful. Hope you enjoyed my chaotic painting process.

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