Looking Forward is what I like to do. One can choose to look at the past, whine over previous mistakes, regret what was or look forward and see what can be. I found that life is way too short for regrets of what was. I realized that it is human to make mistakes. It is the human condition. So, no use fretting over them.
I recently did this painting with a group I belong to on Facebook.
We do intuitive paintings by using prompts that people in the group suggest. For instance, this painting started out by one woman suggesting that we cover our canvas in a fun color or two and make sweeping marks and stay loose. Then the next person chimed in to do the same, using contrasting colors. I suggested we cover the 1/3 of our canvas with geometric shapes. Then someone suggested adding tissue paper or some other media to give the painting texture.
I am the only digital painter in the group. I particularly enjoy this group, because it challenges me. When they suggest something that I can’t necessarily do the same way they are going to do it, I get to use my imagination and do it digitally. So, I just imported a blue piece of tissue paper into my painting.
For those of you using Painter, you can bring things like this into Painter on a layer of its own by going to File/Place.
However, pieces of tissue paper hanging out on the page did not look cool.
So, having recently taken a dynamite brush class at the DAA (Digital Art Academy), I simply made a brush that would respond to texture.
I have a huge collection of textures to paint on. One way I can use these textures in Painter is through the paper panel. Over the years I have collected various paper textures from pond scum (really good one) to asphalt. I chose a couple of these and with a darker blue, added some texture to the blue/violet areas of the piece.
In the beginning of this piece, I chose to use liquid inks and dribble red, oranges and yellows over the page to give myself something else besides just paint strokes to start with.
I also used pencils to add some interest to the piece. I am finding that using a very dark or very light-colored pencil in my work will add pop to the piece.
If you’re interested in joining our Paint Prompt Facebook group, please drop me a line and let me know. We’re always looking for new members.