I've started a new painting already (yesssssss) and I am seriously in love with this sketch as-is. It would make a pretty amazing colouring page, don't you think??? I'd have to paint over the lines digitally I think, but I'm seriously taking it into consideration...
I'm finishing up In The Weeds and it's looking pretty fun. Here's a peek at the action! I only took a few progress pics during this one, but I will be posting them in this month's newsletter. Be sure to sign up before the 27th if you want to receive a closer peek in your inbox!
I'm so nervous and excited about this painting in progress. Whenever I finish a project, I worry that I'll never come up with anything new ever again, and the following weeks are usually fruitless and frustrating. It especially doesn't help when life gets a little demanding - worries at work, pressure to find new work, medical appointments that keep getting cancelled every week - it's easy to just put off painting forever.
And so I've been procrastinating. I'd finally found inspiration, and instead of just diving in as I usually do, I'm trying to discipline myself into planning things out in my art journal first. The result in my journal was exciting, but I still couldn't sit down and do the work. I filled another full layout with sketches of human poses. It's still procrastination, but it's still important planning right?
As a result, I am excited about today's fishes. These are the slowest fishes I've ever painted, and I'm not sick of them yet. At the same time, I'm nervous about rushing through something later and ruining 3 hours of work (so far). Pulling out music CDs I haven't heard in months or years definitely helps pass the time!
It's been difficult trying to put all of these unorganized thoughts and imagery together into something a bit more concise and productive. I've been watching a lot of youtube videos lately, mostly art studio tours (foreshadowing!). Yep, I'm still stuck in dreamland most of the time!
I was particularly inspired by a random scrapbooking video that involved many many layers of paper and just... STUFF. And so I'm working out these ideas in my art journal/sketchbook before jumping right into it. By doing so, I'm working through human poses that may or may not work, and blah blah blah, though sometimes I end up liking the pen sketches better than the Real Thing.
Oh gosh, I don't even know if I can remember all of the different stages this one canvas has gone through... I know it started life as a colour-matching project in college, and then it was something else, and then it was these magpies with an ugly sort of background, and it sat under my desk for several months.
I really really wanted to push some smooth acrylic paint around, so I sat and started covering the canvas again. I left most of the magpies because I still kind of liked them. I didn't take a photo of my first attempt, but it was super ugly, and then kind of pretty, and then super ugly again. But then I covered THAT with this pretty blue, and rubbed on some red circles with my fingertips. I don't know for sure, but maybe this is "the one???"
Here it is, a new art journal experiment! My handmade art journals are satisfying to create for myself, but not very cost-effective for resale. I wondered if it was the end for them. This week I scanned a page from my personal art journal and printed it with my laser printer. Well it looks almost better than the real thing AND it cut down production time by nearly half. Using this method, I can now sell them at a small profit instead of at a loss. I'm still hoping to find a consistent paper source. This bee journal contains Strathmore watercolour paper, and is available for purchase here.
Hello! I'm Melissa, and here you'll find some behind-the-scenes footage of an artful life. Won't you join me?
Monday, June 5, 1pm PST