Congratulations on your curiosity of the Vision painting process.
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Before we talk about the painting process, What is a Vision Painting? Think of it as an abstract or surreal image that replaces your favorite life quote or mantra so that any time you like at these colors and imagery your highest vibrational feelings are activated. You are inspired, at peace, and happy. I have 5 Vision painting subjects that I offer to inspire you and I will address those more in later posts. They are:
Inner Self Portrait, Sacred Garden, Spiritual Roadmap, or Purpose Statement/Business Plan
- The first step to getting a vision painting is to want one. You don’t even need to have a vision. You don’t need a vivid imagination, or artistic skills, or an eye for design. All you need is the desire to own a vision painting and we can make a plan together. If you do want to go through the process yourself. I recommend you trying to paint your own vision. Or take this painting class.
- Schedule a consult. Seriously, I LOVE to talk about art and dreams and life and our heart’s desires. One of my very favorite things is to brainstorm. This is the perfect way to see if you and I are on the same page, I want us both to be confident that I can capture what you want. We can talk about what hopes and dreams you would like to decorate your space with and we discuss the best imagery, style and colors to portray that. Are you working with a healer or a coach that has had a vision for you? We can paint that. The consultation is where we flush out every detail of your vision and I sketch up some concepts for how I could paint this. We would do this on a Skype, Google Hangouts, or FB messenger or in person. Schedule a free 30 min power session to get the creative juices flowing. Or schedule a deeper dive where I sketch and we form an actual painting plan. This will be a rough sketch with notes scribbled and mostly a value study, indicating the light and dark of the painting and how strong the contrast will be. This is where I discuss the techniques I will use and how they might not work out the way I plan and how I will fix surprises. Watercolor is an impulsive medium. Guided surprises is what I want to capture. At the end of the consult I will have a sketch that lays out the entire plan for the painting. I will describe it to you until you can visualize what the finished piece will look like.
- Once we agree with a plan for the painting, and you are happy with the design and the colors discussed, I will create a group Pinterest Board that we can both pin to. Here is where I collect reference photos and examples of lighting and painting styles that I hope to incorporate as well as a color palette that I will do my best to emulate. This is where you can share inspiration you find to give better visuals about what you want and if the painting calls for it, your own personal reference photo assignments. I ask you to write your comments in the pin description to explain why you have chosen pins and what you like about them.
- Once I am clear on the imagery of the painting I will draw it out on watercolor paper. I will keep you informed of the major points of the drawing and I won’t begin painting until you approve the drawing. In some cases our intention will be to let the watercolor flow and see what happens so there is less of a sketch to guide it.
- Then I paint. I play music for the painting, I’ll play your favorite music if it helps express the mood and intention. I use my sketches and reference photos as guides. Sometimes I stay up late into the night. Typically, I’m first terrified so I do value studies and paint with a pale color that’s easy to wash off, then I get into it, get brave, love what’s coming forward, then I lose something in the design, something gets off, I panic, promise myself that this is just part of the process, wonder if this is the painting that’s going to flop, assure myself that I can just start it over and that it’s not a big deal. I get advice, take pics of it and put it through instagram filters to see what I might need to change, stare at it while I eat, leave it alone for a day, come back to it and have the solution, usually I have to do something scary and then it comes forward and I love it love it love it and I dance around the room singing about how I’m the greatest.
- I may show you the earliest stages of the watercolor but I usually only share progress photos at the end of the painting where tweaks and approval can occur. At the end is where I bring in consultation from fellow artists. I love a painting to be a community effort so I love sharing peaks of the progress and to collect critiques in how to make the painting the strongest design. When I am unsure of the painting I share it with only a select few that understand the delicate painting process, who I know won’t crush me. I will only share progress with the public with your approval. It’s up to you. Do you want to see your dream take shape or do you want one big magical reveal?
- You get final say of when it’s done. I don’t take final payment until you are satisfied.
- When the painting is approved and paid for, I sign it, document it for prints, and ship it. For very personal paintings I may agree not to sell prints. This is something for us to discuss beforehand. This is your sacred art, my belief is that every piece of personal art has a universal message that everyone can benefit and heal from. I hope you will share your message with the world.
- The last thing I do is write a blog post about your painting and share what you allow of your story and process. If you like you can preview what I plan to write. I would love for you write about your experience.
What comes with your painting:
jpgs of sketches and value studies
1 phone background
shipping from Germany