Colorful Expression

By: Courtney McCreary

Howdy, friends!~

This week I wanted to show you two expressive paintings I’ve done in my classes over the past semester or two. Painting expressively is a pretty stress free process, and it’s great. There are no rules as to composition, color scheme; none of that stuff here. It’s fun to just explore with colors and just let your mind go in any and every direction. It’s actually pretty cool when you’re done to step back and see what you’ve created. Sometimes you can make out shapes or motifs you didn’t even realize were there.

It’s quite therapeutic. Your mood at the time can also have a huge impact on how the painting turns out, in addition to how you apply the paint, what colors you decide to use.


An expressive painting I did last semester, experimenting with larger brushes. (Oil on Arches Paper)


Painting expressively is excellent for when you feel like you’ve hit a wall in your artwork. You take a break from your project, get out an old canvas or something, and you just paint and paint until you basically get out all your frustration.  I don’t know if that works for anyone else, but that’s what I like to do. Could be fun to try it out next time you feel stuck!

Paint away, ye wee starfishes!~

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This was actually an assignment for my color theory class, but it was fun to experiment with color and shapes, just going with the flow. (Acrylic on Bristol paper)

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