I have often wished I was a better painter and just never did it because I *knew* the painting would be horrible.
My process through this painting basically has taught me that even if I don’t like what I painted, there is always the option to paint over it and make it more of what you want.
After taking a walk in the park, I had an idea of what sort of artwork I wanted to make here, but I changed it as I went along. I was going to add even more layers to it (fabric, more 3D objects) but it felt complete, so I decided to leave it as is.
I can always add to it later if I change my mind.
I knew I wanted a tree theme, so I painted leaves in acrylic paint for the first layer.
Next I added watercolors
I splattered orange paint all over the painting. After it was done, it looked like Christmas to me – the orange was very red and the leaves looked like holly leaves.
The next morning I realized that I wanted less of the leaves showing through, and definitely less of the orange. I considered painting over the entire piece for a fresh start, but decided I actually did like the orange and the leaves, but wanted to see less of them.
So I painted in a darker green over the painting in swirls. I like how it gives the painting a feeling of movement.
Finally, I added the finishing touches – the tree branches and the button flower. I picked up the branches on a walk in the nearby park. The button flower is reminiscent of the flowers I also saw on my walk.
Remember, if you think you have “ruined” a project, you most likely haven’t. You can usually either fix or add to anything you are making. Don’t give up or throw away your project out of frustration, just give it a little more time.