Mindy Lacefield is an online friend. She lives in Arkansas (so she feels a bit like family). She is known for her primitive girls, a child-like style of art that is whimsical and nostalgic at the same time (for me). I am taking her 11-month class called “Permission to Play.” I need that!
For this piece, I used my heavy watercolor paper journal that already has some Mindy art from a previous class (Sunday Mornings). Lots of layers of acrylic paint, applied with brushes and a brayer, form a background with the suggestion of a snowy day. These little primitive girls have grown on me a bit, as they remind me of what I might have drawn as a child, if I had drawn at all back then. I did not do art as a child, because I didn’t think I could. Now that a whole new world has opened for me, though I am not really “an artist,” even now, I like the child-part of me that comes into “play” when I do a piece like this.
Usually the other side of the journal spread would have a focal thought or verse. But, with the theme of “permission to play,” I decided just to keep it simple like this, with no “agenda.” It was so fun just to play in the paint!