I took a departure from my current series of metal inspired prints to try something new with texture. For Valentine’s Day, my husband bought me a few of the brush packs from Corel and I went to town with texture.
I had an image from the New York Public Library Digital Collection (you can find the Public Domain Collection here) that I used as inspiration. The original painting had no texture besides brush strokes, but once I began layering splatters and textures on top of the image, I became obsessed with the possibilities.
Even though I’m working on another series right now, I think taking a departure from the series and doing something completely different starts me thinking in new creative ways. It becomes therapy, really. Instead of my straight lines and glittery geometry, I explored splatters, drips, textures and wild brush strokes. Once I began, I worked pretty quickly and then found myself thinking of new designs with more of an art nouveau angle.
It’s good to step outside your comfort zone from time to time. I challenge you to try something outside of what you ordinarily paint and post it on Instagram using #creativedeparture. I’ll find your posts (and so will tons of other people!). Keep experimenting.