Sunday, October 26, 2014

Evolution of a Painting

I was reading some past articles of the Cloth Paper Scissors blog and came across an article from 3 Oct 2012 

5. Mixed-media artists take all comers. No one is going to close the circle and say, "You're not like us. You don't make art the way we do." 
Instead, mixed-media artists are more likely to throw open the studio doors and say, "Come join the party! Let's teach each other." 

My journey in mixed media painting has been successful ONLY because of the mindset of other mixed media artists. It is they who have taught me the techniques I use when creating a piece. They are the most supportive and encouraging group of artists ever. They will share any and all of their ideas and knowledge in hopes that other artists can know the joy of mixed media art and can practice to develop their own style. 

I feel honored to learn from others and because I have been taken under their wings, I feel a strong commitment to do the same for others whenever I can.

Though I have been asked to make video tutorials, I am not equipped to do that. I have no camera set up nor do I have the chutzpa to see or hear myself in that venue. So, instead, I thought I would share now (and perhaps more in the future) a pictorial of the evolution of one of my paintings. 

Well, here goes.......

It begins with an idea and a sketch

Coloring the face and getting skin tone the way I want it

Her eyes and first layers of the hair

 Final layers and details of her hair

The background is many layers of paint, paper, stencils, stamps and is ever evolving.

The final piece comes to life after considering my vision for her. She is beautiful and I want to be sure I do her justice in this painting.

I believe I did justice to this indian maiden in the painting and I truly enjoyed each step of creating her. 

I hope this post might encourage you to try mixed media painting and learn to enjoy the process. The outcome is not nearly as important as the creative journey. 

If I can help you, or you need some encouragement, please give me the opportunity to 'pay it forward'.



  1. Love the step out tutorial! You could really design stamps of your images!

    1. Sandee, I would have no idea how to even go about that. Could use some 'mentorly' advice though :)

  2. she is so beautiful. Thanks for sharing your process.. I also love your work

  3. I love this great tutorial it is nice to see it step by step and video also, but I understand about all the equipment and the commitment and fear of hearing and see our image staring back at us. You get the first big bloggers love from me. Whoop Whoop I agree with Sandee for sure a line of stamps I would buy them and I am sure she can guide you in the right direction. Go for It TJ.

    1. Thank you, Sharon. Sandee and others have suggested looking into making stamps of my girls. I see so many beautiful ones out there already. I think I better do some research :)

  4. She's beautiful Tommy Jo and you could easily do videos and never talk or show yourself. There are many YouTube channels where they just do typewritten overlays as the video plays. Just a thought if you ever do get the equipment. ;) I absolutely love this page and love your work!! <3 <3

    1. Thanks, Yvonne, for all the love. When I retire, I plan on spending a lot more time in art, digital design, and soapmaking, so perhaps videos will follow suit. Retirement = 977 more days!!!!!!!