Hey Pretty! Cupcake Baker portrait + color palette inspiration.
This has been a crazy productive week for painting. So many ideas, so much inspiration that all came after I got out of my own way. All my scarcity thinking led me to hoarding canvas and paper and paint like it was precious, like there would never be more. I held back a lot of ideas and creativity because I wasn’t sure which painting was ‘perfect’ for which canvas.
Too many ideas = unused canvas? That doesn’t even make sense.
I wasn’t even aware of how I was keeping myself so small, until I started to plan out a new body of work for my Etsy. These lessons cycle for me, this isn’t the first time I’ve blocked myself by trying to be perfect. A lot of my ideas are confined to my tiny sketchbook, precious canvas empty and unused, waiting for my best ideas. But, derp, I don’t have enough canvas for all my ideas! So my canvas is blank and unused? That doesn’t even make sense. I have to start somewhere. Inside my sketchbook now is a road map of paintings I want to do to guide me, complete with the exact colors I want to use and even alternate ideas if I get bored with something.
So hello, messy desk.
Part of the productivity this week was thanks to abundant unblocking. I chose a set of acrylics to serve as my color inspiration for a crazy color experiment: three shades of pink, blue, aqua, and turquoise, yellow, vanilla, orange sherbet, and purple. Tired of seeing blank canvas so I base coated everything with pastel pink. Pink! Now I have pink palms, pink arms, pink elbows… And 9 pink canvases.
I have a variety of sizes and shapes to us… but more importantly, I gave myself the space to make mistakes. I feel free.
Yes! This pretty sh0oting-star-tattooed cupcake baker portrait represents the delicious color palette I chose and the space I gave myself to be free.
+ crazy art math
She isn’t perfect, but if I painted with perfection in mind I would never have finished. This week was all about little wins and big lessons. I have to get the ideas out because I figure out a lot of things while I am painting. Sketching and sketching and refining a sketch then using that sketch like a paint by number doesn’t always work for me. I like having a map (the sketch) but the magic happens when I start painting.
Abundant unblocking = free = pink = magic = painting. This will be a great weekend.