She decided it was time to trust her joy, her voice, her wings.

Jul 14, 2015 | My Creative Practice

Trusting my JOY has been one of my life’s most spiritual journeys. My natural default/temperament is more on the serious side, more on the responsible side, more on the cautious side. Joy has been a beautiful teacher for me my whole life, encouraging me to trust its deep deep river of wisdom. And it’s true.  Every single time I listen, trust, and follow my own brand of Joy, I’m better for it. It means wearing my joy,  housing my joy, surrounding myself with what inspires me, cultivating a circle of joyful friends, and being intentional about how I can make whatever I’m doing more infused with Joy. What I’ve found is that the deeper I lean into Joy, the deeper I lean into gratitude, the deeper I lean into Peace, knowing that whatever comes my way I can trust my joy, my wisest voice, my wings. These are my spirit’s companions, always.  
Kelly Rae
PS: This new piece is available in my shop
PPS: Also, I thought it might be fun to show you the process of this painting from start to finish! I shared a bit of this over on Instagram + Facebook yesterday, but here’s the whole thing…..
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.

First, I covered the canvas in papers (vintage), using Gel Medium (link below).
Then, I whitewashed the entire canvas with watery white paint.
I did something I haven’t done before which is create her face using a Pitt Pens (link below), along with craypas. I loved how quick and fast it was as I generally use oil sticks which take time to dry. 

Outlined her hair and body with Pitt Pen. 

I then colored in her hair and created shirt using the Pitt Pens again (LOVE those!)

I used my white paint to put tiny dots in her hair, and then used the gel medium to adhere the wings.
I then decided I didn’t want the yellow wing and covered it up with white paint.

I played around with composition of collage elements. I decided to go with the top right after polling my Instagram and Facebook friends who were so helpful in helping me choose!
There you have it, friends! I hope you enjoyed this little glimpse into my process!  And for those of you interested in unleashing your creative joy with me, come take my on-line painting class with me! 
Also, 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 🙂
Kelly Rae

Sending much love,

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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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