I began my series of paintings of the Buddha. After seeing Whitney Freya’s Buddha paintings, I signed up for her online course. I wanted to free up my painting style and begin to work in a larger format.
This painting is on a 20″ by 20″ canvas and is mostly acrylic paint. I have also used some paper scraps to add texture. Painting a background with many colors really opened up a freedom from judgment and control. I knew that if I painted something I didn’t like, I could keep going over it until I was satisfied. That is the magic of acrylics.
It is interesting that painting a Buddha face is really quite calming. I kept reminding myself to relax into the painting process. I usually get tense painting with acrylic because it dries so fast I feel as if I need to hurry if I want to blend my colors and marks. But, this time I continually reminded myself to relax, go with my intuition in the moment, and experiment.
This process is amazing, and I will continue to make more paintings. Whitney has an wonderfully exuberant teaching style and encourages her students to enjoy the process and let go of the fear of making mistakes. Something that I am beginning to get the feel of, but I definitely need more practice. I bought 9 canvases on sale during the Black Friday/Black Monday sale at Jerry’s Artarama, so only 8 more to go….