This heart is inspired by some of the new folk art themed quilt fabrics I saw in a catalog yesterday, as well as a book I have called Paint Happy! by Cristina Acosta. If you’re an artist and have ever struggled with perfectionism, this book is liberating. The author was a professional billboard painter and college art teacher who had all but lost her enthusiasm until her eighteen-month-old daughter started painting with her. From that evolved her new painting method which I think is wonderfully colorful and whimsical. I’m still learning to loosen up as much as she has, but being able to paint in Photoshop helps tremendously because I’m not wasting paint or paper. And I don’t have to look at the result physically and wonder what to do with it if I don’t like it.
I DO like how today’s painting turned out, though. One of these days soon I will try it again with “real” pastels and paint as Ms. Acosta recommends, rather than Photoshop and a graphic tablet. I’m still surprised at how much working digitally feels and acts like paint.