This is not the first time this has happened, but drawing a bulldozer surprised me. It surprised me, because I was enjoying the process of drawing something that normally doesn't interest me. We all have our safe zones in our hobbies. Some people stick to playing basic chords on a guitar and avoiding the whole non-standard tuning or even the finger picking thing. I often like to default to plants because they're simple and wonderful to look at.
This time, I drew a bulldozer. Not because I wanted to, but because I needed to express something. Yet I enjoyed drawing that part even more than painting the flowers, and you can tell, because of how much more detail one thing had over the other. A lot of the enjoyment may have come from this past Inktober experience. There is something cathartic about outlining a thing in pen. About making thin lines and thick lines, making them permanent and bold. It feels more like play time.
In this same sketchbook, I painted a bit of architecture - specifically a picture of an old public market building, surrounded by other older corrugated metal type buildings. A bit marine. Architecture is the opposite of organic plant drawings. The lines are straight, rather than curved. They are unforgiving, and a little slip up in perspective can throw the whole thing off. Spacing is hella consistent. There is much more room for error. But I enjoyed the hell out of it. It was new, it was a SETTING, whereas I am devoted to SUBJECTS. I liked the result so much more, not just because I was pleasantly surprised that I did not suffer for it or make a disaster, but because it had some depth and interest and space that so many of my paintings lack.
Of course, I had to rely on reference shots. But if I practice enough buildings, bulldozers, scenes, landscapes, I should be able to collect enough details to create something on my own. Give it a shot. You may surprise yourself.
This week, I wanted to join a trading card swap through mail and the theme is "House with Text". Some part of the house has to be made with a piece of printed text in any language, which is lucky, because I couldn't find much english text in my paper collection!
Sometimes if I don't come across inspiration, I can make tiny recreations of my older favourites! This card "Passionate" is available here.
Maybe we are having a drier winter than usual, but this one doesn't seem as dark and endless as it usually does. There's sunshine out there sometimes. Perhaps I'm just in better spirits in general - my day job is more challenging, I'm drawing more in my sketchbook, I'm being semi-social (okay, maybe just relative to ME), and opportunities abound. I could definitely feel better physically, but you win some, you lose some.
The watercolour ACEO "Winter Crocus" is available for sale here.
I inherited a dried up sapling from work that is pretty much dead I think, but with enough water and denial I think I could bring it back to life. It's quite the long shot and if I hadn't watched my Calamondin die back to the ground and reemerge like a phoenix last year, I wouldn't have bothered.
It's really quite crispy-dry, this tree, but it's also bright green so I don't know what to expect. Miracles, hopefully.
In the meantime, I've built a few art journals for the shop! The above "Lilac Dragonfly" is a smaller 7x7" version, because finding the right paper is tough and Fabriano is always plentiful. It's just that it's smaller. It also comes in many irresistible colours - this time, grey.
Hello! I'm Melissa, and here you'll find some behind-the-scenes footage of an artful life. Won't you join me?