A few months ago I had a fellow finger painter reach out to me. She was feeling a little overwhelmed with how her colors would muddy, and sometimes she still used paint brushes.
There is an absolute learning curve when it comes to finger painting. And learning how to keep your colors from becoming muddy is probably the first lesson you’ll need to conquer. Sometimes I’ll overwork an area, and what happens Yup. My colors muddy, and I have to scrape it off and start over that section.
It’s okay to make mistakes, some mistakes you can fix, and others you really can’t, the nice thing about oils, is they give flexibility to literally scrape it off and start new. Even if you can’t scrape off what you hate, _finish_ the piece anyway, because you are going to learn a lot.
The other point I want to make is that there seems to be some sort of “feeling” out there that when it comes to finger painting you can’t use anything else! This couldn’t be any further from the truth.
If you like finger painting and then also bringing a brush into the work because you like what that does to your work, DO IT. There are no limitations in art.
For my large works I’d say 99% of the piece is done via finger painting, and sometimes I like to come back through with a palette knife, plop on some paint in areas that I can’t get with my finger. I love the combined textured look I get combining palette knives and finger painting. It helps my work stand apart from other finger painter’s work, which is important to me.
With this piece here, it’s 16” x 20” and there is no way my fingers could give me the details I want, they just can’t get that small, lol. So here, the train and trees, the arrow in the sign, I used a palette knife, and I’m OBSESSED with the combined textures this gave me.
I think what is important that as you share your works, you say, “Lakeshore Crossing” 16”x20” oil on canvas, finger painting and palette knives. This is just my opinion though, you do you.
Do not limit yourself, your technique, your art, because there seems to be some unspoken rule about something that you “shouldn’t” do while _ you_ create.
Lovely, new "Nidra", mixed media on canvas, by Ann Thornycroft
We left our beautifully designed Airbnb this morning on our way to the spa and walked through this complex and beautiful combination of a city. We passed packets of grime mixed with elegant shops and squares. We passed massive, impressive Austrio-Hungarian villas, hip pockets and coffee shops and streets that were crumbling with decay.
We could have gone someplace “fancier” for our Mastermind. We could have picked Paris, or Bali or something shiny and bright. I could have not told the stories of sad choices made and desperation and simply Uber-ed our way over to the thermal bath and passed over everything in between. .
But I loved the way it all existed together. It felt so real and so right. .
These streets seemed to suggest I do something different. Somehow the city seemed to say, “There is space for all it.” .
For the mess.
For the mistakes.
For the grit. .
You are walking through it but you are not it. You are a beautiful, royal being who temporarily forgot who you were. .
You don’t have to hide from it or run from it.
You are walking through it, but not it. .
Don’t mistake sadness around you for a sadness within you. .
How you feel about who you are is the only thing that matters. .
You are not what you see around you, you are how you know yourself within. .
You get to choose. .
Success does not have to exclude the mess. ...