It's the short month, so today I am silently scrambling to put together a personal project and still have a newsletter and a video due this weekend :O
My exploration into the ACEO world is a bit of an exciting one. Perhaps it is just a fluke, but it seems like these little art cards are increasing in popularity? This one doesn't come with a video, so we'll see about that. I do love how they fit snugly into my card holders, and it would be nice to see them all lined up on a page and replacing some of my super old ones from my ATC days that I don't like anymore.
More photos of this card and a purchase page here!
Here's a sneaky peek at a sudden painting that happened yesterday and today. Missed my messy stitches! This is two papers sandwiched together with a thin layer of bookboard pieces between them to force a small gap. The foreground is graphite with watercolour splashes and the background is a mix of Lindy Stamp Gang ink sprays, a layer of gel medium and coated with gloss to get that deep watery look. Nice nice nice.
Page cutouts aren't new but I don't do them very often. Especially with a cutout this large, it tends to warp and weaken the page. I'd like to try something like this on a painting, so I'm playing with it here.
Garlands are hot right now. I love looking at all the different kinds on Pinterest. They can be such a work of art.
Yesterday I did nothing. I don't think I have artist block and I definitely don't lack things to do. Checking the signs of burnout, I start to wonder if it's even really a thing.
Lack of motivation?
Withdrawal from friends and fun activities?
Lack of focus?
Slip ups at work?
Hey man, that's like... normal life. All of it. There isn't much to complain about around here, except that our shower is in caulking limbo. It melts whenever we turn the water on. It's been a few months of caulking failure and I'd really like to wash my hair right now.
But mindless things are good. No art or scanning or press release writing happened today, but I did wind an entire rainbow birdnest of embroidery thread into neat, knotless rows. This stuff I only use once a year. That's still kinda productive, right?
Here is an old watercolour doodle from 2011 or earlier (I don't remember when exactly). I painted this after a visit to my grandparents' home. My grandpa used to have a rare peach orchard. The trees were at the end of their life and completely hollow. The gnarled bark was strapped to metal rods and 2x4 planks to keep the trees from falling over. Amazingly, they were still full of green peaches.
It makes me think of my grandpa and how he worked hard until he got so sick he couldn't stand up anymore. More and more of our parents will do the same thanks to unending debt and high cost of living. How many of us young people even have felt like this? So sick but still working, so depressed yet carrying on, so hollow yet productive?
Anyway, I loved this painting but didn't know what to do with it at the time. The composition was awkward and I guess I just gave up on it. Maybe all it needed was a bit of contrast? Deeper colour? I started with a new splashy background and darker lines.
I darkened the wood and replaced all of the drawn ropes with real embroidery!
I love love love that I was able to finally use this drawing, as it is so meaningful to me and I already loved it from the start. At first I was trying to figure out a way to "redo" it from scratch but I'm glad I didn't.
Hello! I'm Melissa, and here you'll find some behind-the-scenes footage of an artful life. Won't you join me?
Tuesday, February 14, 1pm PST