Lately I’ve been pushing myself to new levels with my paintings, which can often lead to frustration and so many ugly first starts that I seem to paint over. Many times these last few weeks I’ve returned to my comfort zone and panted owls.
For me, that’s all part of my creative process.
And whenever I figure out something new with my artwork, it’s like a light goes off and the painting suddenly resonates. Maybe it’s a new technique, a new mix of art supplies or a new character style that gets uncovered, but I definitely know it when I find it.
With this painting I worked on it while my friend Dave shot video . The spontaneity of the moment and being on camera really made me have fun with the process and, I think, all of that joy got infused into the layers of the painting.
But it wasn’t until I added a few paper elements like the bird, some book pages and the face of a queen that this painting really fell into place.
And once I found my character, I knew her story…
Through thick and thin, the phoenix always rises strong and beautiful from the ashes, knowing that what matters most, above all else, is at length THE JOURNEY.