It's not been easy for me to stop relying on a graphite drawing before putting paint to paper. But I'm trying to become more familiar with it and create something I like. The trick is to know that I can still overwork a piece even if I don't have a drawing on the paper first and STOP before I do that. The joy is just putting down the brushstrokes necessary and then letting it go. I'm not there yet, but I can feel a shift that may be taking me closer.
This little pathway was painted from a photo Christopher Leeper allowed me to use during his workshop. I've tried the painting once but it wasn't this nice. I think I'm getting closer. Not quite there yet. But still, not bad and so much better than I used to be at seeing and then moving the brush and paint. I even left some whites in this one!
What challenges are you going to set for yourself this year? Aim high and be bold! What can it hurt, right? If you stumble, you'll catch yourself; and this time next year may see a whole new avenue opening for you!