In The Studio with 2nd Truth

Lately, I have been receiving a lot of questions about my process, and a few weeks ago I was lucky enough to have Colleen from 2nd Truth Photography stop by my tiny home studio and document some of it.  

When I first started playing with paint, it was a hot mess. Looking back at some of my first attempts, it's easy to cringe, but it does offer some important perspective of how far I have come. Having absolutely not formal training in visual arts, it has taken MANY hours of trial and error to develop a method that works for me.  The easiest way for me to describe it is plain messy, but there's a sense of spontaneity of not knowing where the paint will flow while still reacting accordingly if it needs a push or pull.

One of the hardest lessons for me to learn has been that not every piece is going to turn out well.  Learning to be ok with failure is uncomfortable, but learning to bounce back and not be afraid to experiment again has actually been very empowering.  If I could share with you all the failed pieces I have made in pursuit to finding a method that works, I would (but I'm pretty sure no one wants that).

All in all,  thanks goodness for a fresh coat of gesso and the ability to try again.

Emily Quandahl