I made a mushroom card to match! See more of it here!
As I enter this lonely "weekend", it's a good opportunity to film the requested art journal page. As I may have mentioned, art journaling isn't much at all different from my usual style of making art, which is usually done flying by the seat of my pants. Having gone nowhere nor done anything fun in a while, I'm still at a loss of what to do in this sketchbook. One cannot be inspired by going to work and then coming home everyday.
I performed a somewhat-failed image transfer using a laser-printed photograph and a Chartpak marker. I guess the paper needs to be really smooth, and really white. You'll see what I mean later in the week! I do, however, LOVE the mixed alphabet stencil with the greige modeling paste. It just makes every boring thing instantly better.
My day off alone was not entirely wasted! Spent much of it comforting my cats (the roofers create such incredible noise for 9 hours each day), and stumbling through this sketchbook page. I treated myself to a trip to Opus where I purchased only a fineliner and a palette knife (didn't see much new), but then bought a pack of Dr. Pepper twizzlers in the shop next door. Did you know of such a thing??? They smell like Dr. Pepper, yet taste like not much of anything. Worth it.
Bringing some of the sketchbook illustrations to life. These cards are available here.
Last week, the topic came up that I haven't uploaded journal videos lately. Here's the thing about that. I haven't been doing the typical "art journaling" lately. I haven't been doing much at all lately. My weeks have become unpredictably short or long, with seemingly random days off during which I don't feel like doing anything because I'm usually here alone. With the cats. And the rain. And the darkness, both literal and figurative. Yeah, I know, it's getting old.
But hey, here's a fun thing: filling the sketchbook with stylistic specimens. I've been picking a "theme" and filling the circles with the shapes that appeal to me. It's also a good opportunity for me to listen to podcasts on youtube that I would otherwise not want to sit down and watch. Every new specimen brings me closer to becoming a pokemon master. You know, of plant illustrations.
So back to videos - I don't know. I'm not sure I would want to film something like this, and I'm sure that's not what you desire to see. I'd like to start off with some specimen ACEOs like this. At the moment, ACEO videos are favourable because often the cards sell afterward, which is why I keep doing them. I do occasionally itch badly to make a serious art journal page, and what I can do is promise to film it when that happens. So far, the inspiration has been extremely rare.
“When we engage in what we are naturally suited to do, our work takes on the quality of play and it is play that stimulates creativity.” – Linda Naiman
Pretty much any time I'm showing artwork in public, someone comes around looking for dragonflies. Dragonflies are pretty rare in my work, even though they're my favourite thing to watch by the lake. I think it might just be its odd shape... all of those straight, perpendicular lines getting in the way.
Dragon & Clathrus is available here.
Sometimes I'll listen to a podcast and doodle in the sketchbook, and that's all I'll actually do. For a week. Or longer. 45-hour workweeks plus a twinge of depression plus early sunsets make me tired and headachy every evening.
One thing though... Look how dang vibrant these colours are. SIGH. Okay so Peerless is really awkward to use, and unless I'm doing the diluted water puddle thing, it's not as easy to mix the colours. So I'm forced to use more layering to get the colours I might want and the result looks pretty darn fabulous, even with such basic doodles as these jade plants. Now all I need is a little inspiration and motivation going, which will be difficult since I'm not actually living life right now. It will happen.
Hope the sea lions don't scare you ;) "Hello Fishes" is available here.
This "weekend" is passing too quickly and with the bitterness of knowing that it is passing too quickly. Trying to cram in as much fun and function as possible can be self-defeating! Yesterday we booked a family day, squeezing in a few annoying chores and then taking off to the aquarium for a peaceful afternoon. Of course, I should have realized that the exhibited butterflies would be long dead by October. It's my favourite exhibit, so that was disappointing.
However, the fish were fantastic as usual, and we got to see some dolphin training. We also learned that it's very advantageous to wear bright red! All of the animals were quite happy to see us, and we couldn't figure out why until we saw the feeding/training staff come out in red uniforms. Whoops. Sorry, little dudes!
Speaking of little dudes, I never did think of anything clever to do with the succulents I keep collecting. I don't get nearly enough sun, and so they never did grow much (the jades do look a bit larger). The hens/chicks looked sad so I pulled them out to start anew. It SEEMS like I have fewer somehow. We have naughty cats, so it's a real pain to bring these indoors over the winter. I literally stapled together some sacks out of fabric scraps and hung them in the window. The staples are so unstable that it's a miracle that they haven't exploded into a shower of soil already. This is the most precarious & desperate plant setup I've created thus far. What am I doing.
Only flowers left in the garden are the Cynoglossums. Well, and the tomato which must be awfully confused. Goodbye warm season! Hello no-fun seasons!
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