Art in Motion: Come back to center

Nov 19, 2012 | My Creative Practice

With Art in Motion, I share the visual journey through the life of one of my paintings — from the blank canvas, to the first splash of inspiration, all the way to the finished piece. Enjoy to the fullest!

Click here to see all the posts in this ongoing project series.

These process photos aren’t the best, but you’ll get the idea. I started with the ever intimidating blank canvas. I prefer to use the the canvas boards (link below) because they’re nice and hard for stamping onto and such.

Major fun when paint and spray bottles get together. Fluid acrylics are better to use for this technique than heavy bodied paints.

And even more fun with papers come to join the party. 
I’m working really fast and intuitively at this stage. The messier, the better. 

Super quick rough outline using my favorite black Stabilo pencil (link below).

Using gesso and oil paintstiks, she starts to get a rough form (links below). Also added in some heavy bodied acrylics to the mix.

More paint layers…

And she emerges…

Add in some more collage elements and facial definitions…

Add in some words (the words in this piece were inspired by my cleaning out my closet – so much bigger than getting rid of some clothes), some more paint (using the brayer). 
Signed/matted prints of this piece are available right over here in our nifty shop!)
I get so many questions about which art supplies I use and love. You can check out my favorite supplies for making art  (with descriptions) over here or if it’s easier, I’ve put some easy links below for you 🙂

Sending much love,

Show/Hide Comments (12 comments)
  1. Elizabeth

    It is really a treat to get to watch you create!


  2. Stephanie

    I am a bit over excited. I bought your 2013 calendar for my sister, and it just arrived here in New Zealand (I was so happy to find a stockist who posted overseas). It is so fabulous, and I know she will love the soul-warming message of your art as much as I do. Hmmm, I am green with envy in fact 😉

  3. Jane B.

    Kelly Rae, I love this series. It is so amazing to watch your beautiful artwork emerge from the blank canvas. Thank you for taking the time to document this process for all of us wanna-be-artists to learn from your amazing process. Love, love, love it!! Thank you.

  4. Leanne

    TRIPLE LOVE that you shared the product links!!! Always inspiring, Kelly Rae!!!! Hugs!

  5. Melissa Ellens Loft

    Thanks for sharing your process Kelly. I truly love seeing your picture unfold. I love that you use so many inspirational words. Thank you for sharing!

  6. Alisa Steady

    I love watching the artistic process unfold. Thank you for being so generous with yours, Kelly! xoxo

  7. Carmen

    Great seeing the progress. Very beautiful.

  8. Shani Kowalczyk

    Wonderful to see. I was just wondering how do you take a copy of your art works to then make prints from them. Do you photograph them first or scan them? Thank you 🙂


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I’m Kelly Rae Roberts

Before I picked up my first paintbrush at the age of 30, I was a medical social worker. I followed my creative whispers, and today I’m an artist & Possibilitarian. I’m passionate about creating meaningful art and experiences that awaken and inspire our spirits.

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