It's better to draw from life, but sometimes I like to flip through my photo albums for appealing shapes.
I really love the shape of a gate that was at my grandparents' house (probably gone now). It wasn't until I started drawing it that I realized how poorly constructed it was! At the risk of "ruining" the simple sketch, I ended up embellishing it a bit with these birds. Why not?
I've been watching a few videos on youtube of sketchbook flipthroughs because they are very inspiring and telling of how far I have to go. I need a creative challenge.
Today, give yourself permission to not have breathtaking scrapbook layouts and just have fun with it.
Oops, I totally skipped yesterday. First day back at work completely wiped me out I guess. But after so much awful sanding, priming and painting, our bedroom is now looking super classy in that grey. *Whistles*
Of course, not without a bit of drama in which a store employee had a mishap with the mixing machine which led us to paint dark patches on the wall, which led us to buy twice the paint we needed in order to fix it - *inhale, exhale* - but it's looking good now. I still want to try painting on a subtle pattern with the same colour but in gloss but that's probably not going to happen unless I want to buy more paint.
What else? Just a little journal play. I haven't been incorporating too much beyond acrylic paints at the moment as I've been working from the couch. It's also really relaxing to take an image that is already there and just... paint around it. Rotoscoping might be my calling.
Another thing that happened last week is I finally received my package from peachycheap which contained several sheets of beautimous stickers! So beautimous. These will make scrapping my few trip photos a load of fun!
I'm not sure about the word stickers but I'm completely smitten over the date stickers which are just PERFECT for journaling! Aaahhh, I can't wait to play with them!
This is the painting I started last week but didn't get to finish before leaving for my visit. I didn't know where I was going with it, and for a while, it felt like it was losing direction instead of gaining.
I had more progress photos but accidentally deleted them! What happened is the pretty watercolour roses were eventually smeared and then covered. Layers of paper were added. Paint was pushed through a stencil. And when I came back, I wanted to paint one of the many hummingbirds I got to see during my visit!
It says "Remember", because art is a memory, a feeling, an experience. Capture it!
Yesterday I arrived home from my short stay in the mountains - four days of desert wildflowers, hummingbirds, donkey wails, cookies and zero responsibilities whatsoever. Saskatoons, ravens, well water. Fights, bad television, and too-long swimming sessions. A strange variety of bugs.
It's been at least a week since my usual routine was screwed up and I'm feeling the effects! So detached, this feeling. Not sure if I'm even really here anymore!
But I'm back home, at least, and with a renewed appreciation for city water! Yum. And I don't recognize any of the plants in my garden. Or my cats, really. I am two pieces of me in two different places, simultaneous-like.
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