I didn't have to pick up my painting "Good Morning" from the gallery today because it sold. I guess this makes it the first gallery-sold painting - congrats little dude!
Though it's kind of sad I won't get to see it again.
We decided to pack up the car with all the junk we'd been collecting for the past year to finally go recycle/whatever it all.
We got down to the underground parking and saw that someone had busted the lock on the driver's side door and made themselves comfortable inside. The car was empty but he/she left it unlocked.
I'm quite annoyed by all the pointlessness of it. Why break the lock on my car for no reason? Just to hang out? There's no money, no nice stereo, no tools, no nothing inside the car, so.... why?
And so I'm creeped out that had they had the ability to open the gate, would my car be missing right now? Who knows. And how did he/she get in AND out of a parking garage that needs a key to get in and out of?
Despite all the rain, we purged our small apartment of all of our bottles and too-small shoes and broken gadgets, so we're still pretty pleased right now :3
Tomorrow is Canada Day and I super super hope that the weather clears up because I wanna go to the beach! Vendors (whhhhyyyy not me? lol) and burgers and kite clubs galore! Maybe I'll get to see local fireworks for the first time since I was a child? GASP!
Holy cow I can go anywhere, and on a weekend to boot! Amazing stuff, gais.
I have not completely forgotten my original goal of providing original artwork to those who have little money to play with.
Before I started art journaling and before I truly got back into painting, I was into Artist Trading Cards, which are baseball-card-sized pieces of art meant for trading. From that, started an ACEO trend where some artists sold the trading cards for money, and suddenly art was affordable and abundant.
I actually don't like the size/shape of ACEOs at all, so I decided to try a 3x3 inch square of paper! I think it's cute and can imagine one of my apartment walls covered in them. Wouldn't that be adorable?
Here is a video of the first one, "Fishing for Compliments"
So yeah, one of the things I plan to buy one day for this business is a new camera! Heh. Well, it's a nice thought anyway.
Here's a peek into what I was doing today. I was puzzling over the idea of a carry-around portfolio and wasn't sure how to do it. I thought about online publishing, but the layouts are too strict and unfit. I thought about scrapbooks, but hated the shiny plastic pages.
I saw a photo album in a photography store, which was just large photo prints glued to thick, black pages in a perfect-bound hardcover book. It looked really nice! The idea stuck with me all the way back home.
In the end I used the last of the art journal materials to make a portfolio (minus one signature, two was plenty). I think this is what I wanted from the beginning but thought it would look too... "homemade". And maybe it will. I haven't gotten around to filling it yet, but when I do I will show it off!
The reason I haven't finished it is because apart from the HUGE life change of getting weekends like normal people (!!!), I am also officially as-of-today a driver! I dumped all of our money on a pretty little red car and I am freaked! It's like a giant baby! Felt weird leaving it in the parking garage and out of sight.
But it felt FANTASTIC to drive alone without someone there to judge and test me. :3
Here's a casual one. It is easy to fall in love with this paper; it takes watercolour so wonderfully and I can't believe I lasted a whole journal without it.
I drew a model from a magazine. I guess I was in a bit of portraiture mood this week.
Splashing paint onto the paper....
Tracing dried clovers from the garden...
I have a headache from all of this walking around today, but I can't stop thinking about mini portfolios. It is a great idea to have samples of my artwork on hand at all times. There have been many opportunities where I could have shown them to people! :O
But I feel a total lack of creativity coming on... there are so many clever examples that I could never think of. I'm also not entirely sure what artists do with them!
So I learned a new lesson.
If you've been following a while, you'd know that on occasion, I might make a cake. You might even know all about rolled fondant and how I abandoned it for the new-fangled marshmallow fondant.
Silly me, I put my marshmallows in the bowl to melt and just left them there on the stove until they were crunchy little dried up things which was no good at all (do not multitask in the kitchen, btw).
Because I am making lots of roses for a wedding cake that will not be eaten (and I was out of marshmallows), I decided to just throw together regular rolled fondant instead. I remember holding the bottle of vanilla in my hand, thinking if I add this, it won't be white and then it won't match the marshmallow ones I've already made, so I will use the clear almond instead.
Well guess what. Marshmallow fondant isn't as white as I thought.
Also, the texture is totally different. I'd much rather use the marshmallow kind because it's the only one that tastes decent. But it's ever so slightly off-white.
Remember that when you're mixing the two and you want them to match. Because they won't. And you'll feel silly and wish you'd just gone to the store to buy more marshmallows.
This may seem obvious to people familiar with her work, but when I was a teenager my absolute favourite artist was Stephanie Law. Her detailed landscapes and fairies inspired me to fill up many sketchbooks. The way she used layers to create the illusion of light kept me focused on improving my own skills. Her tutorials (which are probably still on her website) quite obviously guided my explorations into watercolour.
Back then, we were all very interested in fantasy themes. It was all about the Lord of the Rings, Angel Sanctuary and fantasy novels. I have an entire sketchbook embarrassingly full of wings wings wings.
I don't actually care much for fantasy themes anymore, and so I don't keep track of Stephanie's work as closely as I once did. But I did fall in love with this dragon print. Maybe it's the colour theme that made it stand out from the others?
Today, someone requested I try to repaint a sold painting, so I gave it a shot. I repainted "The Direction Things Always Go", but told myself that it wasn't going to be exact. After all, I painted it two years ago with a different set of paints.
I am happy and kind of surprised with the result.
Okay. So I had the most unbelievably difficult time capturing the colour. My camera only wanted to see blue, and oddly, my scanner was completely off the mark. This has never happened before, and I don't recall ever struggling with the blues/greens. I tried to fix it up as best as I could in photoshop but it's still not really there. The colours are actually very much like the original (bright turquoise and peacock blues), just.... significantly more vibrant.
Computer troubles aside, I am pleased with the update. I must have a bigger brush selection now because this second version has crisper lines. Her facial features are closer to what I originally wanted.
Also, to update further, I added some butterflies to stick out of the painting because I love the way that looks.
I consider this to be the Director's Cut!
Playing with patterns this week. I haven't started any actual paintings yet, but I did spend the entire day today editing and listing new prints in the shop.
There is still lots to do. But this weekend was the first weekend I've had off in ages. Hopefully this trend will continue! It feels like... It kind of feels like endless roads are suddenly stretching long in front of me. Like I can do anything or go anywhere I want.
I've also been collecting little black clovers from my balcony garden. I wonder what I'm going to do with them? :3
I made this journal over the weekend and I really like it! It's definitely cutesy-poo, complete with silly whale scrapbook paper on the inside cover!
More photos here.
I definitely have more energy this week, though I feel like my free time is filling up fast! If you follow my facebook, you may have noticed that I've been thinking about outdoor spaces, how people decorate their backyards, specifically.
I am playing with that, and maybe trying out decorated sugar cookies too.
What projects do you have going this week? Do you give yourself simply too much to do?
Yay, I'm happy to go back to the blank journal. Scrappy was fun, but I think I'm over it.
I doodled a bunch of roses and coloured them in with a white-out pen. Yeah. Those things you have to squeeze the entire time is hell on the hand! Regretted it about three roses in. But I've been living on the couch lately and didn't want to work at my desk where the white paint is.
And it looks like all of my markers are dried out for some reason. Huh.
And half of this page is iridescent Lindy dauber. It doesn't take markers too well anyway.
I can't wait to get out of this funk! The weather is about as grey as I feel. I haven't even checked out the gallery show yet. The reception is tomorrow and I can't even go, which isn't helping the funk. Neither is the fuss my bank is giving me nor the constant errors I get trying to register as an exporter.
BLAH! says I.
Ooh, I've been putting off filming the journal flip because I'm totes nervous about it.
Hello! I'm Melissa, and here you'll find some behind-the-scenes footage of an artful life. Won't you join me?