Lately, I've been inspired by videos featuring gouache! I don't have gouache but what I really like about it is its "flatness" and pastel colour look. I figured I can achieve this by using tints of (mostly) craft acrylic paints, without the huge cost and/or the occasional troubles of cheap gouache. The gold ink at the end really did it for me.
Of course, I printed a laser copy of it right away to use as a new journal cover! That journal is available here.
Oh I enjoyed this one! I know a lot of the fun stuff in this page was in the pencil drawing, but I move so much more slowly during the livestreams that I didn't think the camera battery/card could handle the sketch process.
I must have picked up some inspiration for sketching buildings from somewhere? It's definitely not a thing I usually do - there's lots of unnaturally straight lines and tiny unidentifiable fiddly bits that seem intimidating. I went to Granville Island with my cousin this weekend, and "caught" a few new-to-me pokemon. And so I removed a seagull from the original photograph of the public market, and replaced it with a Kabuto! I don't know what a Kabuto is, but I have one. Put that on a t-shirt.
I feel crazy productive about last stream day! Mood wise, things have not been too well. This month would definitely have been one of those low-productivity months where I don't do anything and then feel bad about it. I didn't want to do a damn thing on Monday. But because I scheduled a 3-hour livestream, and therefore was obliged to sit down and work regardless of how I felt about it, not only did I have a finished watercoloured page, but a bigger graphite drawing as well! :O
Daydreams can be dangerous. Sometimes, we want something so badly, that the daydream grows too large for its container, and it begins to spill out into the world, changing it before we're truly prepared. Every little insignificant step we take to reach our goal forces it into existence, piece by piece.
For stuff like this, I've really been wanting to add voiceovers to my videos. The problem is, I'm a lousy speaker, even when I'm alone, and so I can't get through the entire recording without cringing and giving up. Too many pauses, too many mistakes, too much work to piece something together. I will keep trying though. Eventually, it will get better right?
In the meantime, this fabulous painting is available in the shop.
I'm so pumped about being able to do a journal/sketchbook flip soon, you have no idea. The last little bit of a sketchbook is always rushed and exciting because soon I will have a new book to play in and the anticipation is real.
If I continue at the 1-page-per-day painting/sketching that I've been doing this week, I should have this book filled in fifteen days. I'm probably going to switch to conté gesture drawings because they take up way less space and I can easily double my production that way, heh heh heh.
I am also guilty of tearing out pages that have been damaged at the factory or "ruined" by stencils in which I was using white ink so no pattern is left behind but a mess of ink was so what good does that do me, nothing. No good at all. Maybe I should just take apart some of the hoop art that I don't particularly like and stick them in.
Ooh, that sarcastic thought just got serious.
As for my slightly frankenstein voice over in the video, yeah, I need to work on my speaking skills and I also kind of wish I could get a new voice in general because mine sounds weird.
The next livestream is on Monday, September 19 at 1pm PST, usually. It's kind of an awkward time, I know, but when everyone is at work is the only time I have the house to myself. I'm a bajillion years (and dollars) away from having an art studio or a 2nd bedroom or anything like that, so this is the way it's going to be.
So come check it out and chat with me! It works best if you make a username for Twitch (so you can chat), but it's not required. Sometimes I wrap up at 4pm, but yesterday I did an entire 8x10 painting and my husband was late coming home because he was distracted by kittens and missed his bus (seriously), so we didn't part ways until 6pm PST.
If you want to know the upcoming livestream schedule, just follow that link and there should be some indication at the bottom of the page. Perhaps I will add a schedule to my sidebar! I usually only know a week in advance, and it frequently changes, because my day job doesn't know how to make a proper schedule. It's been... challenging to work with. I'm trying my best. But I will usually announce it on Facebook or Twitter as it happens so keep an eye out!
I finally got around to photographing and listing the latest art journal for sale! I think I assembled this on livestream some weeks ago? This cover design was a particularly fun art journal page I did after a trip to the Bloedel Conservatory. Seeing all of those exotic birds and plants has a way of stirring up inspiration. And now you can have your own art journal with a finch on the front, emitting creative vibes! Wub wub wub.
Having such a unique book would encourage you to do your best sketching, don't you think? You can take the magical finch home by following this link.
"Guarded" is back from its trip to the art gallery and is finally ready for a new home (though it is certainly welcome on my wall :D). I recorded the making-of ages ago, for your pleasure.
This painting is based on a story about taking my cat to the vet; he is so aggressively terrified of everyone, that even when he is on the brink of death, he fights so hard to keep everyone away. He will scream and spit, even at those who are trying to save his life. He is well guarded. Many of us are well guarded in the hope of avoiding pain and emotional hurt. We sometimes shut the world out, even when we need help the most.
"Guarded" is available in the shop!
Now I'm just trying to power through the rest of the Song sketchbook/journal. I love filling up the pages with plant studies that would bring joy to look back upon. This week I've been taking close up photos of my plants, placing coloured papers behind them to try to get an interesting background colour.
You can kind of get a peek of a succulent drawing below the coprosma, which was done with pencil crayon. I don't often use pencil crayons, partially because it puts more pressure on my finger pads, but very much because I never wanted to pull out the box to get a colour or two. I'm in the middle of rearranging my supply stash, so now my pencil crayons are always at easy reach. Perhaps I will take them up again? Especially considering the paper I've been dealing with in this sketchbook.
When I first heard of the idea that wasps crawl inside of figs and then die there, I didn't really believe it. I usually put it out of my mind, since I don't really care much for figs anyway. My first impression of a fig seemed more like a syrupy candy than a refreshing fruit. They're very cool looking though. This wasp sticks out slightly from its fig. The seeds are painted with golden ink! You can purchase this one and only card in the shop.
Just a little replay from Tuesday's livestream :)
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