Welcome to the adventure! My name is Tracie Hanson. Thank you for exploring Dream Digger Studio.
I’m a painter, an art journaler, a writer and a photographer. These tools are fairly new to me – I only began painting in 2009. I’ve explored many techniques through online workshops or in-person art retreats. However, my favorite method of painting is deeply intuitive. I prefer NOT to plan, compose or sketch my paintings.
Instead, I tend to lay a thick strata of color, texture and collage onto the surface, be it canvas, paper or wood. I continue this journey until discovering a recognizable shape or intriguing color combination in the many layers.
From there, I begin to “excavate” images or shapes – literally “digging” them from the layered underpainting. Sometimes, I’l use a contrasting paint color, pencil, oil pastel or ink to bring them forth. The resulting composition is a surprise. I adore the mystery – the decoding of messages in the paint – the finding treasure never before seen. I don’t always like what I find – it’s not always pretty – but it is always a true discovery!
(My old blog can be found here.)