Peony and Parakeet

Wait till the Painting is Finished

Intuitive art in progress, by Peony and Parakeet

What’s the definition of art? For me, art happens when something unexpected is allowed to step into the creative process. Today’s story begins with the watercolor background that I painted without further thinking. Just had some fun with my favorite media. Watercolors are so easy, light and forgiving!

After the background had dried, I decided to increase the color intensity in some spots with color pencils. I did not mean to start doodling but those pencils spoke to me: “Come on, let us dance a little”. How could I say no!

Painting in progress, by Peony and Parakeet

At some point, I got deeper into my thoughts. I saw something happening in the painting.

Painting in progress, a detail, by Peony and Parakeet

The strokes of acrylic paint shortened. Some collage papers were added. The smaller the area I worked, the clearer the big picture looked. That phase was so exciting! Like opening the door and getting ready for the view.

Painting in progress, by Peony and Parakeet

Style Change

Once the painting was finished, I heard my own comment: “You’ve been there before. The colors, the atmosphere – nothing new here! Get your greys and paint it over!” And then, louder: “Jump, JUMP!” And while my left brain cried and right brain celebrated, I mixed the greys and painted how I felt and what I longed for.

The Unexpected, mixed media painting by Peony and Parakeet. This went through a style change!

I could have stopped at any phase and declare the painting finished. But after jumping from cliff to cliff I found something new: the beauty of blacks, the simplicity behind the decorative style! So, my advice is: when you think about tossing that art journal page or craft project, don’t do that. Step towards the unexpected and let art reveal what you have escaped from!

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8 thoughts on “Wait till the Painting is Finished

  1. So useful and inspiring to see how you come up with your beautiful creations! Thanks for sharing. Each phase was a worthy painting.

    1. Malini, thanks! I am glad you found this inspiring! The whole process was so interesting for me.

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