February 18, 2017

Finding and Going Your Own Way

Finding and Going My Own Way

In Let's Face It 2017 we had a lesson from Effy Wild - which I did not follow!  Effy taught us a complex layering process - which was beautiful - but I wanted to use different media (her layers included spray inks and I just don't like them) and I did not make nearly as many layers as Effy did. In the end she "hid" the background in places and had it show through in others. I liked it showing through all over.
I really went my own way with this - it doesn't  resemble Effy's piece, I didn't really follow her instructions but I very much enjoyed her lesson and welcomed the inspiration.

Finding and Going My Own Way- detail

And isn't that what art is all about anyway? Finding and going your own way? 

Teachers and classes provide a wealth of information, techniques, and inspiration. These are very valuable things. Copying teachers and other artists is an incredible way to learn. But we must move from copying to finding our own voice and making the techniques and materials our own as we give expression to our own creative ideas - finding and going our own way.

Hope you are all finding and going your own way to having a great and creative weekend. As always, I'd love to see what you're working on.   :)



  1. Nice and Luv that you showed the cropped piece, so much detail there.

    Have a nice weekend

    Much love...

  2. Lovely piece, and absolutely right to go your own way. So many people just copy whatever is in front of them. Happy PPF, hugs, Valerie

  3. she is gorgeous Laney!! You have lots of wonderful layers showing.I love Effy's lessons and art along with Tam Laporte's but also sometimes go my own way as far as design and materials unless I am really trying to learn how certain products work together. Happy PPF and happy weekend too!

  4. Hello Laney, she's a most beautiful creation. That's the beauty of looking at other people's art or having lessons, you can be inspired in lots of different ways - some you follow up on, others not... it's all so personal.
    I think her eyes are incredible and I love your style :D)

  5. Oh Laney I agree one hundred percent. Expressing yourself with her input is the best I like it when you take a class then use your own interpretation! Pop over to http://drawkane.tumblr.com/ and see all the different styles drawing him.. It's such an eye opener. Everyone has such a distinct style! Your girl turned out wonderful you got great dimension with keeping to your own style!! Well done!!

    Hugs Giggles

  6. Good idea. Learn from others but go your own way. Nice.

  7. Great piece! Love all the layers. I happen to think that's the best way to do a workshop: pick up some tips and hints and ways of working and make it your own.

  8. Beautiful. I especially love your background. And you are so right about finding your own way. Its an artist's aim and takes courage I think!

  9. I really love this an agree-I am sad to cover up my backgrounds! Thanks for the comment on my blog.

  10. I very much like this face! The layers look great. It definitely makes sense to take what works for you from teachers...


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