I Painted My First Owl 3 Years Ago, And Haven’t Been Able To Stop Since (25 New Pics)
Hello, it's Magdalena, again!
A couple of months ago I wrote my story about how I started painting owls. Time goes by, and I can't stop! My brain is continuously giving me more and more ideas. Some new beauties emerged: tiny (around 1 cm) fluff series.
You can find the previous post here! Let their fluffiness soothe your soul. More to come!
Every owl that I paint has some of my "style" incorporated - all different, but all feel mine. Despite this feeling, I don't consider myself an artist that has a specific style. I still haven't found my way, since I'm in love with trying new things and new themes in painting. Right now I'm working on illustrating people using gouache and mixed media - how different is that! But if I'd have to point out what makes me paint like I do now - it's probably my earliest encounter with watercolors. I started with illustrating architecture and interiors, which required me to paint delicately, adding lots of layers (at least that's how I felt it should be done).
Since I was young, I've tried various types of art mediums and - believe me or not - watercolors were the last on my "go to" list. I literally disliked them and simply couldn't understand them. Lots of years passed and I started my interior design studies. What was the cheapest way to create quick, fancy-looking handmade renders? Yes - watercolors and ink. And to my surprise, now older me learned how to paint with them just like that. Since then, I don't stress much about painting and the final outcome - I guess that's why it turns out to be easy for me.
I'm not sure when my whole art journey started. Was it when I was doing my first drawings of princesses at six years old, or later, when I was making all sorts of different sketches for myself, school or friends? Or when I started to prepare for my art studies? I think I was considered an "art person" for all my life, but it is just a normal part of my life that I usually forget about. I just love art.
What helps me in getting out of my dark hole of not being able to create is people reminding me (usually randomly) about how my art makes them happy. I usually hear that my art is soul-soothing and colorful, and that makes them almost addictive to watch.
Lately I started doing simple watercolor tutorials for my followers on Instagram - and got amazing feedback, that people genuinely love their simplicity. The question from my "students" that I hear quite often is: when do I know that my artwork is finished? And it's not the easiest to answer, since I really love the finishing part of my painting process. Adding more details, shadows, and background. But I always say the same thing - if you feel stuck or don't have any more creativity left to finish, just stop. Your art doesn't need to have a background, any more details or cleaning. It's always good as long as you keep your art journey going.
I consider myself a quite pragmatic artist. And I don't feel like my art needs to have a meaning - I think that art doesn't need to be understood, it just needs to be felt. What I love the most about painting is that for me, it's the easiest way to capture the beauty of nature, architecture or people.