Trying new things

I have decided to challenge myself with doing things I have never done. Mostly, this involves working with materials that I’m completely unfamiliar with. This is not comfortable. I know though, that growth is never comfortable.

I’m doing quiteof bit travel lately, which doesn’t lend well to my highly textured paintings (hard to transport due to slow dry time). I’ve decided to make the most of this time on the road and push myself way outside my comfort zone. It gives me the opportunity to work with mediums I wouldn’t work with otherwise, but also to learn along with the way with experimentation.

I decided to share this process.

I have been very interested in working on some self-portraits. We are our hardest critic, so I thought it would be a good challenge to try to paint myself. I have always done portraits with oils. They are slow to dry, which offers more manipulation and capabilities to blend. I decided for traveling purposes, I would try to acrylics for a self-portrait. I worked in layers, which is something I’m not use to doing. Here is the beginning of this process. I will update again as I get further in the process.

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About strokeofred

I am from Kansas and I have traveled all over the world. I am an artist, and I have a business brain. I love skirts and tennis shoes. I like to get dirty and ride motorcycles. I am sensitive and I can be mean. I love nature, and believe in protecting it. I love to laugh, and feel better after a good cry. I can be stubborn and impatient. I am constantly growing. I am open and free. I look to be inspired and love to inspire. I play guitar and secretly want to play drums. I have a puppy that brings me great joy. I love hugs, cuddling, holding hands...and wrestling. I love the mountains and the beach. I have to make a pilgrimage to the ocean at least twice a year to balance myself. I believe in balance in all things. Traveling is a passion, and meeting interesting people from all over the world is the perk! I have small town values, and big city dreams. I love beer, hate wine. I believe that what you put out comes back. I believe and live by the belief of treating others like you want to be treated. I enjoy stimulating conversation, and a good sense of humor. Caffeine is my drug of choice, and coffee over chess or good conversation is my luxury. I am strong but sometimes feel small. I strive to be my authentic me.
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