Work in Progress

Acrylic on Canvas by Jennifer Currie

Acrylic on Canvas by Jennifer Currie

I’ve been totally absorbed in this painting lately, and it’s really close to being finished.  I think there are at least six layers to it, but it’s gone through so many transformations that I’m not sure. This new creative process is teaching me a LOT.

This painting had a pretty good beginning and then went through an “awkward teenager” phase for a while.  At one point it got super detailed and a little too busy, and then I got stuck.  My intuition told me to put it aside for a bit, and I moved it to different places in my studio and worked on other things… but it didn’t feel done.  The trouble was, I was kind of attached to some of the things I liked about it.  There were some vibrant color combinations and patterns I was happy with.  I was afraid of going forward because I might mess it up.  Sometimes I feel like this in life too : )

The same painting after the first two layers. Acrylic on canvas by Jennifer Currie

The same painting after the first two layers. Acrylic on canvas by Jennifer Currie

As it turns out, putting it aside and giving it a rest was the best thing {more and more I’m realizing that when I get stuck it’s often because I’m over-thinking, overly attached, and afraid of making a mistake… also I’m pushing myself too hard to have the answer immediately}.

“Awkward Teenager” phase. Acrylic on canvas by Jennifer Currie

One day I looked at the painting and saw a bird shape.  I had seen the bird shape before, but I was resisting it for some reason.  It felt like too big of a change… like the whole painting was going to be going in a different direction.  It felt scary to alter it so drastically, but I’m glad I did… AND I’m glad I waited until I was ready to do it.  Like I said, this painting isn’t 100% finished, but it has taught me so much.

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Right before I made the big changes. You can kind of see that bird shape I was talking about. Acrylic on canvas by Jennifer Currie

I’m wishing you a beautiful and creative weekend and a happy October!

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