During the process of painting, often I love the first wishy-washy colour blocking stage best. Love that colour bleed!
My high school teacher used to insist that us kids learned to use our sketchbooks properly, to develop our ideas thoroughly in pencil before ever touching a drop of paint to paper (or canvas board, in our case). It never really caught on, for me. I tend to rush into things with little research and rush through them still, before I lose the inspiration. Not every idea turns into the beautiful image I see in my head. Being watercolour and paper, it doesn't seem particularly wasteful in time nor resources, but still.
At the risk of drinking the "Compareschlager", I can't help but notice that many of the excellent artists I come across online make good use of sketchbooks. Since I haven't gotten as much out of art journaling lately, I'm hoping to make a transition into something a bit more beneficial! Is it working, or am I just procrastinating? What if I get bored of my ideas before they are realized? Aah!
Here's a time lapse of a refresher painting to start off 2015! It took forever to save and upload this. The original painting is available here.
Oh I have fallen hard for wood veneer shapes but was never really willing to put money on them. And then Peachycheap came along and offered this little collection at a big discount and so here they are. All good shapes. I may finally be finished the illustration project and am looking forward to new things! These should help.
At the end of 2012, I tried out Goddess Leonie's Business Workbook but unfortunately, I didn't pick it up again in 2013. I suppose one's goals and dreams don't change too much year to year?
Goddess Leonie's Workbook has some deep questions which are fantastic for those who appreciate the value of business plans. If you want a solid planning tool, she's got it! I have more of an avoidant personality and don't want to face those difficult questions again! I'm a terrible planner!
There are some small bits of information I'd like to compare from year to year, and so drawing inspiration from that old workbook, I put together a real bare-bones version for myself using my usual art stylings. If you're a fellow seller, feel free to download it below for personal use!
Hello! I'm Melissa, and here you'll find some behind-the-scenes footage of an artful life. Won't you join me?