52 Creative Weeks #4: Paint and Grow

Wow, I just realized that it's been about a month since I added any new products or illustrations to my shop, which is pretty unusual for me, I think.  No worries though, new stuff will be on its way soon.  

And there has been good reason for the lack of updating, so of which involves freelance projects that I can't share but I've also been:

-working on some new pieces to add to my portfolio

-getting ready for Flourish, my creative biz e-course, which starts tomorrow and runs for the next 5 weeks

-planning a new creative exploration e-course for self-taught artists that I'll be offering in the spring, more info to come

-working on commissions and lots of custom invite orders

And I've also been immersing myself in my 52 Creative Weeks project.  

For this past week, I decided to dig out my acrylics and just have some fun with paint.


The times are few and far between now when I can sit down with acrylics or watercolors and just play around so I decided to do just that.  

Don't get me wrong, I love illustrating digitally and exploring different ways to incorporate handmade elements into that work.  But I do miss the fun of getting my hands dirty and ending up with paint in my hair at some point.  

So my goal for this week was just to play around with some of my favorite colors on a small canvas I already had here in my studio.


And unlike most of my other work that involves lots of sketching, revising, sketching again, color roughing, etc., I just went into this little creative project with no plan at all.  I picked out a basic palette of blues, greens, and lavenders.  

And then just spent some time layering color on the canvas, playing around with the textures and here is the end result: 


It's very much not like the work I regularly do and I think that's what I love so much about it.  It wasn't sketched and planned out, it just grew from nothing into a cute something.  And honestly?  Even though I illustrating digitally is my first love, I think I'll be spending more time in the future exploring with my acrylics.