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Posted on January 3, 2017 by Serene on Behind the Scenes

BTS: Lush Forest

Oh hello. It’s throwback time!

If there was category for OG paintings, this one would definitely be in it. In fact, “Lush Forest” is the oldest painting on this website. Despite it be an oldie, it’s still one of my favorites because this is the first challenging painting I tried to take on. I remember when I first started this painting, I was low key panicking because this piece felt way too difficult for my abilities. The amount of detail this painting demanded was absolutely daunting. Completing it after the initial self doubt was definitely a proud moment for me.


Initial sketch

Before this piece, I didn’t have my painting style figured out and didn’t have the experience to know that fantasy paintings were my forte. My confidence in my abilities was sub par, and I was still in the process of experimenting with a variety of mediums and styles. It’s definitely strange looking back on how far I’ve come and how much I’ve changed; not just in artistic ability, but as a person as a whole. Although it’s important to look forward as a new year begins, I think it’s also beneficial to look back to reflect on my roots to remember what it was like when I first started.

Looking back reminds me that the beginning, the “discovery”, phase of everything is often one of the most difficult and scary stages of a process. But the challenges that come along with this stage can also make it one of the most exciting. I feel like while you’re in this stage, you almost revert back to a childlike mindset, where everything is new and curious. I like to think it’s partially because of this novelty appeal that motivates you to breakdown how things are done and learn how to get better at something.


The final product

With that being said, I think it’s important explore for the “discovery phase” frequently and push your limits. I have some new ideas on how to push my own limits this year, which I’m excited to share. Stay tuned!

– Serene

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