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I'm sort of taking part of a daily challenge in March, although I'm not sure if it fits the specific theme of #expressitmarch. That particular challenge is detailed here. It's really just good timing, because I think this channel needs a little bit of jazzing up.
What's going to happen:
1. Each day of March, I will make a piece of hoop art, using watercolour on raw canvas in some way. It should be more "journal" than "sketchbook". We'll see!
2. I am going to film each one, and upload the videos every day in March! I would love to integrate more "vlogging" elements during this time, but scheduling makes it difficult (this is why I need a separate art space someday! :P ). I'd love to do a "live" one, or maybe a voiceover but I can't guarantee.
It should be fun! Depending on how well this goes, I probably won't want to reduce back to only one vid a week from April onward. Or maybe not quite that style of video. If you have a video requests or ideas, now is a great time to mention it in the comments!
I haven't crunched the numbers yet, but I get the feeling that I've put a bunch of hours into this. Holy moly it's a lot of tiny flowers. This night-time photo doesn't really do it justice, but it's rarely daylight (is it "spring forward" yet???) when I'm around to take photos. Back to working full time, banker's hours, which seems like it should be work goals but it's just too much of me there. Not enough of me here. On this blog, on Youtube, at home, with friends, wherever I might be better off. /privileged rant
So Tara Leaver is launching a little hashtag party for March, and while I am usually too detached from life to effectively take part in art challenges, this comes at the same time that I feel I am no longer being challenged enough. I've been mulling it over, taking this challenge and molding it into something I can use. However, I've also been full of energy and sleeping well, so I worry that my idea is growing too large for me to pull off. I'm thinking raw canvas. I'm thinking hoops. I'm thinking daily videos. I'm thinking crazy thoughts. Still, it can't be as crazy as Nanowrimo, right?
The painting in progress contains a few lilies, and they were so enjoyable that they deserve a spot on their own. This card "Bloom" is available here.
There is a flower deadline approaching very quickly and I've been practicing and pondering and practicing and pondering. After a lot of this, I've finally sat down with a concept and a character to play the part. I feel like I've done this idea in one of my journals, so maybe it isn't terribly original. Maybe recurring daily life things just annoy me more than what is reasonable. Let's get a little real here. Do you ever get compliments at your day job, yet end up feeling punished constantly? Like, when you put care into your work, are you ever "rewarded" with simply more unpleasant work? . With every "I appreciate you", there is twice as much "This can be your problem now." Sometimes there is even a silent "your safety and well-being takes lower priority," hidden behind all of those pretty words.
I don't want to write too many personal details, but I wanted to share a little about how I express myself through painting. On the surface, I am painting a robin who is singing a huge bouquet of flowers. This is an image intended to metaphorically read as lip service. And I have fun, because it comes off as pretty and positive, and most people either take it at face value which is decorative, or they put their own personal spin on it as one would a tarot card. I like that. I like hearing your theories. On the other hand, I realize that I'm just hiding behind a veil and may be cutting off that personal connection I could potentially have with you all.
Regardless, I am quite enjoying the Qor watercolours so far. The High Chroma set I have is actually quite challenging because there is no black, and the blue it included has yellow in it, making it much trickier to mix colours. Some spots are looking pretty funky, but I'm enjoying the process.
A process that nobody enjoyed was installing new floors. This is what we've been busy with for a rough week or so, and I thought I was going crazy without my art space on the heels of a deadline. Above is the carpet we started out with. I think it was supposed to be beige before I spilled blue water in some places and our cat vomited in others. #catlife
After is shiny and new! And kind of echoey because we don't have an area rug yet. It should now me MUCH easier to clean up all of those little bits of paper under my desk, after cutting out tiny watercolour paintings and trimming photo corners and what-not. The process has left us with the feeling of never doing anything like this ever again.
This past week has been all about putting down new floors, which is taking a little bit longer than I'd expected and it doesn't really feel like "home" yet. I was finally able to put my desk temporarily in place yesterday - I think I was starting to go crazy without it! Our apartment is full of echos because all of the furniture is piled in the bedroom, which we have to climb over if we want to sleep. So this week, I just need to put some random stuff on a page and get it all out there.
Octopus tentacles? Where did that come from? This card "Pull" is available here.
Not too much artmaking in the next couple of days! Carpet is coming out and everything is put away in boxes. The cats seem very nervous.
Last week I was utterly consumed by a desire - a desire to try out a new line of paints, and a desire for the perfect gold. I have a bunch of gold things. For example, the Lindy Stamp gold ink spray is fantastic! But for painting gold details, I've heard nothing but great things about this Finetec set.
So here's what I'm working with today. Not pictured is a couple of PWC watercolour tubes that I bought on a whim. Because its lightfastness seems to be an issue (?), they've been put aside for sketchbook play only. The colour was lovely though.
I've been using Cotman middle-grade watercolours for quite a while, and they've certainly fulfilled their duty! I've only refilled a colour once or twice (mostly red) so the price really shouldn't put anyone off. It's worth it. However, I also felt like there was this whole wide world of watercolour out there, with even bigger price tags and even bigger promises, and my curiosity is piqued.
First things first: Everyone should seriously appreciate the dazzle and texture of that gold cake up there. And there's FIVE different kinds of gold (and one silver which I am kind of meh about). I'm pretty sure I will be set for life with this set, for real. On the left is my watercolour explorer, QOR watercolour made by Golden. There are so many choices I could have gone with, so I figured I might as well go with the one hailed as the First Of Its Kind, and made by such a well-loved brand. I chose the "High Chroma" set because it contains quinacridone magenta and I like to have a serious primary red on hand.
It's hard to tell from this photo, but they're quite lovely. I barely touched the paint at all to get good colour saturation, which is good when you're paying top dollar for them. I haven't tried to work with dried leftovers yet, but so far they seem to work like any other watercolour out there. Compared to Cotman and Peerless, I still think Peerless might be more saturated. It's hard to tell, because Peerless comes in "sheets" which are trickier to dilute so that might be skewing the results a little. If Peerless ever came out with cakes or tubes, I'm sure I would be all over that!
So far I am pretty happy with my little supply haul today and can't wait to paint something fantastic with them! As always, if you need a sweet place to test all of your fun new things, there's a new watercolour sketchbook in the shop called "Nostalgic Rain". "Nostalgic" because I used a stencil shaped like viewfinder film, heh heh. You know, it took me far too long as a kid to figure out that viewfinders were 3D pictures because I would only look through them with one eye. Seriously.
Hello! I'm Melissa, and here you'll find some behind-the-scenes footage of an artful life. Won't you join me?