I need some advice. I've got this painting hanging on my easel, and I don't think it's done, but I don't know where to go next.
I made it a few weeks ago, right before we left on vacation. We were totally packed and ready, but had a few hours to kill. I wanted to paint. I wanted to challenge myself. I wanted to make something different - unlike any of the other big paintings I've done on this pad . So I plugged in the iPod and attacked the page.
I decided to start with brown because I NEVER use brown. I scraped a lot of paint on with a credit card in my best willy-nilly fashion. I love blue and brown combinations, so I scraped some aqua paint on top of the brown. And then I decided to stamp, with more brown paint, using the strange "string of blobs" stamp I made. It's not pretty yet, but it's certainly different.
Next I painted a sheet of newspaper with aqua and white and ripped it up and glued it down. This reminded me that I had some aqua circles painted all over a sheet of tissue paper laying around somewhere. Found it, cut out some circles and pasted them down.
Before I knew it, I had pulled out a variety of round things and was stamping brown and aqua circles all over it. and BOY was I happy. Better spray some brown ink on there so it's nice and splattery.
and then I step back and realize it looks like everything else I make. I always come back to circles. so much for "different".
So here it is, and I'm liking it, but it still feels more like a background for the world's biggest art journal. I feel like I want to add something. Some kind of focal image? A silhouette? Use some kind of stencil or mask so that only part of the background peeks through. I can't decide.
IF THIS WAS YOUR PAINTING WHAT WOULD YOU DO NEXT?