I saw a bunch of extra-fancy bettas at the mall which inspired a new small painting! Sweetest Face is available in the shop.
And of course there is a slightly less fancy ACEO version of Sweetest Face available here.
Internet addiction must be a real thing. I spend so much more time looking into other people's lives/studios/whatever than I do my own. This past Saturday must have been the laziest on record! But I'm having a dry spell (which happens most often when you don't leave the house btw) and couldn't fill my saturday with artmaking.
I did, however, peruse my Sketchbundle, which is an envelope filled with torn-out drawings. Some of the sketches are charcoal and pastel, which were rubbing off onto everything they touched. I had an abundance of page protectors, and on a whim I binded them into the above Sketchbundle Book using a scrap of foam core for the cover. Will have to do a flip-through video!
If I'm all out of ideas, I tend to sit and look through old journals for some kind of spark. I like my Pattern journal, but I never finished it because I got real sick of painting with acrylic on thin, magazine papers. But what was one more page, many months later? How do you create when you're not creative? I put down acrylic paint around this existing bird, maybe a few drops of ink, and rummaged through my scraps/embellishments box for anything fun. It's meaningless, and haphazardly stapled together.... but it's now a pretty page and I've made use of a few old bits and pieces.
It's finally Spring so there are little seedlings sprouting up here and there. I keep them near my desk so I can remember to spray them every day. Bachelor Buttons! I'm pretty awful at gardening, especially from seed! I'm a creature of routine, so it would only make sense that I SET a routine for taking care of my living things, why don't I set one for everyday art making? Every evening after dinner?
It's strange what washi tape can do sometimes. The bottom of this page was just a space for doodling and recording quotes that amused or annoyed me. I have a new pack of metallic Sharpies and I wanted to test them out. The top half of the page was an unrelated practice in painting sunsets! I was gluing down triangles for "trees", but they kept shifting around and so I used some washi tape to hold them in place while the glue dried. The tape seemed to make the unrelated top and bottom spaces fit together in a "huzzah!" moment.
So this week I'm developing this page into a larger painting, and probably a mini card version for the weekly video, as usual.
For this week's video I wanted to use the Pebeo molding paste that Nolwenn gave me. Now I really want to use more of it! It reminds me of a slightly-more-fluid drywall spackle, which is already my favourite part of wall repair, by the way. Goes on like cake icing and it left some really crisp lines. It's not white, but I kind of like that little extra contrast. Now I'm pumped to take it a bit further.
Today I am playing with ideas in the journal and not really getting anywhere. It happens. Maybe this year is "crow" year? I really like them, and have always wanted to do an ongoing project with them...
I'm quite happy with how these recent paintings have come into existence! I much prefer when things just come together, instead of every bit struggling with every other bit. Yeesh. Though my hands were quite stiff and useless after cutting those tiny leaves out of cardstock.
This painting is available 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