This week has been a little bit busy: a 40 hr workweek this time and it was a bit more involved than usual. Not to mention a bit tougher. When I'm not working, I'm downtown at this or that event, or I'm hurtling down the highway to have a fruity drink with an old friend. It's nice to be busy, but the artwork suffers terribly!
It has been a month since I returned from Edmonton, and I don't feel done painting All the Things yet. I think I originally planned to do a little place series every week, and it SHOULD be possible, but my time management tends to be horrible when my day job is this level of distracting/exhausting. I need discipline.
Returning to this subject in my painting is such a chore because it feels overdue at this point. Overworked. I liked the whimsy in this painting when it was a little thumbnail in which I really just wanted to capture the unreal turquoise of the water. Now it's a job to do. I stopped tonight once I got to the real messy part where it just looks flat and boring. Sometimes it's better that way, before I start to make bad decisions and rush it.
Sneak peek all the way to Sunday's video! I'm using wooden plaques from Michaels because they are so very affordable and so nicely "framed". I don't know why I didn't try this sooner. It's just a little bit different from what I normally do, and there's a vague clue in the hazy whiteness next to that magpie.
Some pretty rocks showed up in the mail after the first batch went missing over the ocean. Now I really wonder what the first batch looked like. Were they a different size? Different shapes? Different markings? The pale green one (is it serpentine?) was a bonus stone and a surprise, which is why I'm only guessing as to what it might be. I appreciate it!
None of them are of personal importance to me, I just really wanted a blue goldstone and didn't want to buy one without also inviting some of his friends. They are neat looking!
Blue goldstone, synthetic cats eye, serpentine (?), pink howlite, & opalite. I just know someone (OTHER THAN LINDSAY) is just tugging at the bit to analyze the meanings and uses and powers and elements and what have you of this little grouping. And I'm sure they correlate with each other and to my personality with such alarming poetry despite being totally unaware and unintentional because that's always how these things play out.
I am not drawing in my "garden" nearly as much as I did that one year that I worked part time and enjoyed the hell out of that. And the garden is being very lovely this year too. Hmm. I think it's entirely because I feel like I need to be doing more "useful" things, which means every dang thing I paint NEEDS to be filmed or livestreamed as to not be wasted. And that's a strictly desk thing.
Clearly I should just be painting SO MUCH that filming every bit of it would be impossible. Or I should do all of my internetting outdoors. Both completely impractical suggestions, thanks me.
The more free time I have, the more I waste.
My fellow has been conferencing so I've been home alone for the week! Of course, I had all of these expectations to be super productive but that never quite works out! I still only livestreamed a few hours this week (thursday?), even though I had all of these evenings with the apartment to myself.
Truth is, I've been more focused on cramming vegetables into my face, especially the kinds that only I appreciate :) Been cooking a lot. Above is a detail of a commission I painted too slowly (alone in the apartment means I watch ALL THE MOVIES). Turns out, movies are way too distracting and can turn a 2 hour painting into an all day Event.
But that's okay, it's a very special painting for a friend. Video on Sunday!
I suddenly got a little antsy and decided that a month was long enough to wait to use my Opus gift card that I won. Partially because I suddenly decided that the other Finetec mica set is something I wanted. Even though I don't need it.
And that's what I was going for with this gift card! I have a horrible guilt complex, and buyer's guilt is one of the tiers. Everything I buy, other than food, has to be utterly practical and well thought out. This was free money, so I said nuts to all that, I was going to use it on something completely impractical and unnecessary.
I was so excited and ready to have fun, but it was SO HARD to go against my own grain. It was all very anti-climactic after I realized that $100 gift card doesn't go very far in an art supply shop! :O Yep, that little pile is what I walked away with. For the heck of it, I'll share as many superfluous details as I can think.
Finetec Pearl watercolour (CAD$43.25): Ouch! So this took up pretty much half of the gift card's value. What am I going to do with these?? How many versions of "shimmery white" do I really need? Even one? I don't know. The red tones are what really sparkled for me, and that blue-green is a mermaid's dream. Someone on Etsy is selling their own collections, and I am dying to know how on earth they are getting those. Full sized pans of such royal violets and reds... oh my.
Jacquard Pinata Ink (CAD$4.90 each): I played with something like this at Nolwenn's house before, and they were neato. I really didn't know how to choose useful colours (the selection is lacking) so I ended up with some primaries and an "extender" in case I can dilute them or mix colours or something. I have no idea what I'm doing.
Liquitex "Muted" Acrylic Ink (CAD$8.90 each): I got "Neutral Grey" and "Neutral Pink" because I couldn't choose one over the other. I'm surprised by how beautiful they are. It was really hard to talk myself into buying the grey one because I thought "can't I just dilute my black ink?" Nah. I haven't even used them for anything beyond this ONE STREAK on the page and I already want to go back for the rest of the set. Oh, it's happening.
Frixion Pen (CAD $3.50): It's a black pen. Yeah. Um... I mean, it's kinda cool, because the ink disappears when you heat it up (and reappears if you freeze it). Considering how often my workplace recklessly mucks up my whole dang schedule, I thought this would be nice for my planner. Boring.
After all this and taxes, I still have $5 left on the card. I will probably go back for that muted turquoise ink though... hmm.
Hello! I'm Melissa, and here you'll find some behind-the-scenes footage of an artful life. Won't you join me?