I need to document the transformation of a painting to remember all the stages it goes through. It is amazing how much things can change with acrylic paint. They are so forgiving, and anything can be painted over. That part is liberating because I know I can correct any mistake or change anything I do not like.
I am continuing to get “braver” in changing things. When something does not feel quite right, but I am not sure what needs to be changed, I have learned to wait… and study it. Sometimes it takes a while. I want God to show me what to do.
My newest painting went through a series of undocumented changes. It started out as a Lion roaring because I had strong feeling to paint the strength of God. I painted Him, but felt it needed more. Eventually, I added a shield in the background. That element improved it. I am in the process of adding marks and random strokes to create motion because I felt it was too stiff and did not show the motion and emotion I want to convey. It is definitely a process. I am slowly getting better at letting a painting develop and change over time rather than rushing to finish it. After it has sat awhile, I start to see things I can improve. The hard part is knowing when to stop and being content with the results. I am working on that!
I have posted a short video of "On the Throne" to show some of the changes that were made.