Now that all of the hoopla has died down (I got married over the weekend - holy carp!), suddenly I can't wait to paint this darn cat! The summer weather and longer days certainly helps a bit too. I'm also particularly keen on trying out this new species of butterfly "Hydaspe Fritillary" instead of my usual Viceroy chestnut. It will be hard to outline the wings when the soft watercolour edges are so darn pretty... sigh.
What. Why? Why did I do this? Why did I spent 2.5 hours covering a page with diamonds? Seriously. And my arm is particularly sore this week. It hurts to touch things with my index finger. So why the heck am I painting this? I don't even like it.
Oh geez. What the heck am I doing now? I can't even draw perfect ovals. I just covered up an hour's worth of triangles that I painted for no reason. What am I trying to do here, art nouveau? The pattern is still blindingly bright.
WHAT HAVE I DONE. What. You can't use heavy gel medium as a glaze, you just can't. Nice try, wiping it off of a WATERCOLOUR PAINTING. You just wiped off another hour's worth of diamonds and covered up the rest. Sheesh. Nice planning.
On the other hand, it's looking a little bit more like a painting now. Looking all "weathered" and shiz. Yeah. Not nearly as blinding. I'd say it has potential now. What could be next?
I was 14 when I started describing my mood as "grey". It was very flat and boring, feeling tired and disinterested in everything. It was a bit like floating through a virtual plane. To be honest, I never really grew out of it.
Starting with a quick pencil sketch...
Filled it in with a charcoal pencil and sprayed the whole thing with lots and lots of water (and a bit of watercolour) to see if it would drip! It did a little bit. Even better, I think it may have sealed the loose charcoal into the paper because it wasn't rubbing off onto my fingers anymore.
Here's the finished step, after adding a bit of collage and hand stitching! This small painting will be in the shop later... in the meantime I've got tiramisu to assemble :3
Yesterday I wanted to post a photo of all the cupcakes I'd been slaving over for the past couple of weeks, but wouldn't you know it - I didn't bring a camera. D'oh!
So instead, here's Unfit with a layer of colour.
Second layer with splashes off of the side...
Then finished it off with some charcoal and ink details. Tiny but cute.
As an artist, I don't actually do a lot of planning. The impression I get is that ideas need to be hatched out a million ways, sketched until they are just perfect before they can be properly used.
Ehhhhh I don't really do that. I probably go about as far as a composition sketch. Or I might practice something a few times if it looks difficult.
Instead I just make smaller paintings. Less pressure! :D
This week has been terrible for sleep, so not a lot has happened this week. Sorry about that.
While I was waiting for something, I decided to make another mini painting from an old sketch. This one is called "Whirly Curls".
Adding a layer of colour immediately made the pen ink run. Oops! But that's okay.
I guess she is going to have red hair, too!
Fix up the inky lines and we're done.
I've been hella busy this week; the blueberry art show is one day away and I am completely flipping out over my undetermined set up! eep! They only just sent out an email with actual useful information that I can use but alas, it is too late. I am self conscious about our DIY wooden display easel and the fact that my art is just too small to look normal on one, heh.
I'm getting the idea that other artists who didn't make it in time will be looking and judging, saying, I could have made better use of that space! Yeah.
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