I was wondering how to advance this forest painting that I was working on in November. I wanted to create a tangled vine underbrush like what I see outside my window – a heap of pale winter berry bushes. I was using string a week or so ago for a craft I did with our kids, and decided that might work to create a different effect than my usual scratching into wet paint.
I think I will need to do some more work on it with more neutral and varied colours to create the depth I’m going for. I was monitoring my six-year-old’s first acrylic painting attempt at the same time, so I wasn’t as focused as usual. Right now it’s looking pretty jazzy! Stay tuned for more stages.
Painting is full of risk-taking and decision-making. I have grown a lot in managing these risks over the past ten years. I remember I used to get so frustrated or disappointed with how things turned out sometimes. Now I just let it dry, and see what I can do next time to carry the painting further. Deciding when to stop is also a delicate balance.