My journey to develop my own style has been a long one. With no art background and being a self-taught artist my progress was slow and it is a matter of trial and error. I work full time which doesn't allow me enough time to really focus on my art. For years I have been practicing and painting but I never achieved the effect I saw in my imagination.
Last night I took one of my old failures and slapped some gesso over it and started drawing a face very loosely and just started to paint without trying to make it perfect and it worked! I didn't worry about solid outlines or shading everything smoothly like I have been doing for so long and for the first time I am happy with a face I have done.
I didn't paint her but I allowed her to show me how she wanted to be painted. I am excited about this new breakthrough ... well I see it as a breakthrough in my art ... and the feeling that I have accomplished something big is wonderful. I used charcoal and acrylic paint and did some stamping in the background and I decoupaged the bird on her shoulder.