Stencils make you look like you can paint anything. Seriously.
If the definition of a painter is someone who can dip a paint brush and run it against a canvas then I guess I can call myself a painter. However, if there is footnote that states this painter must be able to create these shapes and ideas without the help of a stencil, then I’m out.
I get asked where I bought this painting all the time. I have decided the reason it looks more than a self-painting is because there is dimension to it. I’m pretty positive it is the secret to good painting.
I bought this stencil from Michaels and it added the perfect dimension without being distracting.
The bird is, yet again, from a stencil I created from a picture I found online. If you look closely the bird is not painted but actually the white from the canvas. Unfortunately, you can’t tell without getting really close. It wasn’t necessary to do it that way since it was fine to paint white over purple which I found out when I was adding the branches.
So that is my secret: stencils.