I was working on a couple of abstract paintings on gessoed cardboard panels that I first introduced here. They perform remarkably well and I don't have to worry about messing up expensive canvases. I followed the instructions in one of Flora Bowley's intuitive painting classes on CreativeBug as part of my free trial. I still struggle with this intuitive process but I feel that with every try I get closer to where I want to be. I think where I usually go wrong is the "simplify" step where I tend to oversimplify my painting losing all my previous layers in the process and end up with some simple shapes on a solid background. At this point I always tell myself "duh, you could have just done that in the first place without wasting all that lovely paint underneath"! Now that I have identified where I go wrong, I hope I can do better next time!
These are the two paintings I created after hours of layering. Here and there, you can still see my original layers peeking through, with the promise that perhaps I have the potential to improve if I practice enough.
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