Sunday, July 22, 2012
This class has been a game changer for me! I have always been a very careful methodical artist. Everything carefully planned out. I have been painting now for two years and my goal is to get looser with my work; to be more spontaneous. I would start paintings and in midstream I would get bored. All the spontaneity would become deadened and my results were a disappointment. But I had this drive, this obsessive urge to keep going but I just didn't have the "tools" to get me there. It wasn't instinctual for me to work that way so I had no idea where to start. Working through Mindy's class I now have some tools to express the energy I feel when I am painting. It is so exciting. Scribbling with crayons still make me a bit uncomfortable but I understand why. It helps to loosen up and to not make the painting "too precious". Too precious leaves my work sterile. I feel like my paintings are becoming more alive and what is so cool about this process is you start to "see" images as you madly slap paint around. My last piece I completed almost has an encaustic feel about it. I started combining acrylics and watercolors on top....so cool and soft. I have been looking at alot of encaustic work lately and somehow those "images" came through. I look forward to what I do next using these priceless techniques I just learned from Mindy Murphy Lacefield!