Much of the art that is trending today is a mix of many mediums. The fresh new look is very appealing and I love the energy that it creates. It is normal to see change in our decorative painting world and watch how fads evolve. We live life in the fast lane which has a huge impact on fashion and art.
Years ago, we had time to study, practice and learn strokework, color theory and composition.
Often it took weeks, blood, sweat and tears to create a single project. Each project was a labor of love and a work of art!
As the years progressed, the tools, mediums and techniques were introduced to make our painting lives easier. Instead of relying on practice and talent, we were offered new ways to achieve amazing results. These wonderful tools were shunned at first and dubbed as “cheating”. Remember the introduction of stencils into the “painting world? Those who admitted they used stencils were referred to as “lazy or untalented”.
Now the resources that are available are overwhelming. Not only can we use a multitude of mediums, we can combine them as well. Instead of painting a rose, we can find a beautiful one and decoupage it! Image Transfer allow us to create beautifully lettered words without stress. Stamps offer infinite and intricate variety. We can add dimension, use markers, pens and even add fabric or cardboard. No longer are we restricted to those rigid rules.
I love the freedom that today’s art provides. It has taken a long time to allow myself to admit that I can’t paint a round circle. I DO use stencils and I DO admit it! I hate spending time working on lettering only to find out it still looks awful! With awesome tools and tricks, I can paint and create faster; and the results look better. This allows me to spend more time creating and designing, which I love to do.
If you are a traditional painter, I would encourage you to let your hair down, spread your wings and prepare yourself for a fun adventure.
Art is all about expression and creating. So, no matter if you are super talented, or if you can’t paint a straight line, if you have creativity, you can make art!
Art is color, composition, interest and expression. Have fun, play and watch this amazing journey!