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 🙂

Hi, 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 whispers and started playing with paint and everything changed.

Now I’m a full-time artist, author and Possibilitarian, who helps women explore and nourish their creative souls.

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