Yes you! People of all ages, if you are in the area, you will want to catch this small art show of mine. Seriously though. If all you've seen are photos, photos don't really compare to the real thing. I will be at the Newton Cultural Centre in Surrey, BC, Saturday, November 4th of this year. You can ask me anything! We can chat! It will be low key and chill. And free. And there will be free snacks too.
And if you can't make it on that particular day, the paintings will be up for the entire month of November. Perhaps once a week I will hang out in the gallery and work on stuff!
Mark your calendar!
When I applied to hang my Living Spaces series in the local arts centre, I figured by next May I would have quite a nice selection of pieces to pick and choose from. When they suggested I fill in for an absence this November, a good half a year earlier than expected, and I said "OK!" I suspected that I could pull it off. There are some tricky bits that involve writing copy, sending photos, coming up with a marketing strategy, all on an October 1st deadline, but I think it's going fine. I should have enough artwork now that I can stop and focus on other things.
Like cleaning up the burnt out garden.
My poor neglected smoke bush burned off all of its leaves during the heatwave, but it has decided to try again with a new batch. Personally, I think it's a bit of a waste, considering he is less than a month away from doing the autumn tumble anyway, but what do I know. I could easily have just watered him on time and saved him the trouble. Just saying.
And this 2nd attempt at a wild european blackberry seems to be working out better. It's acting like I didn't just dig it out with a dried stick and toss it on the back of my bicycle. I finally got to make wooden labels for my plants, because I like to know how many years they've survived. I think about all of the ones I've lost, especially the ones I really really liked. I think about what pretty labels I could have made for them (-_-)
Honestly, I'm not sure if the Calamondin will get through another winter. It seems... tired.
I'm trying out a little sketchbook project on the side - I came across some interesting watercolour styles, which inspired me to study some artists who have cool styles. We didn't do stuff like this in high school, so I'm taking the time now. This Watterson study is my favourite. I was thinking of trying out five styles, and then painting an image of my own 5 times using each style. I'm no longer sure how I'm going to approach the end bit, but now that I've blasted through my painting list, I have time to settle down and work on less urgent stuff like this.
Or working on a zine for the art show.
Or uploading things onto redbubble.
Or doing Inktober.
Or reorganizing my inventory sheets. I'm using excel to keep track of my artwork and all that. I want to add tiny photos for each listing, but they disappear or shrink whenever I save/open the sheet. Such a waste of time to redo it constantly! Suggestions?
What do you do with the pages that are just covered in unused paint? Sketch on them! I cleaned my palette one day which means I've got a bunch of pages perfect for colourless sketching. I'm digging the ballpoint pen the most because of the wide variety of line weight. UNFORTUNATELY, they don't work so great on certain sections of paint (boo).
I found a slow motion video of a lynx leaping across a river, and kept pressing pause during different poses... and sketched it! Now I can get used to how this animal's body moves, in case one day I decide to paint it. This is a quick thing I did between breakfast and leaving for the day (while the spouse takes his time with tea). It's perfect for when you don't have a lot of time to play, but you want that time to be quality improvement time.
If I was doing that unpleasant sounding 600 page/month sketchbook challenge, this is probably much of what I would do with it. I think you could learn SO much about how the world works by recording how it moves.
Not interested in Lynxes? How about:
Two people dancing
A dragonfly hovering
Somebody falling over
Ladybug taking off
storm clouds on a windy day
raindrops hitting the pavement
If you sketch enough steps, you can make an animation flipbook! What would you do?
Hello! I'm Melissa, and here you'll find some behind-the-scenes footage of an artful life. Won't you join me?