Soooo you may wonder what’s currently happening here, I am doing a little catch up post. It’s like my life is going in a lot of different directions but at the same time, I don’t do all I wish I would. I don’t know if it makes sense.
I am painting like crazy, my head is filled of new designs/colours combinations/styles I want to try (I’ll make a special post about my inspiration sources). I try to focus on not-too-many-artworks-at-the-same-time because I tend to jump from one to another to another and I end up with too much in progress, not enough finished pieces.
I was sure I took more photos of the different stages this artwork knew, but it seems that I hallucinated it. It’s a pity because for me, this artwork is all about the process that took me to what it looks like now. On the left is what it looked like at the beginning of november, on the right what it’s today.
“Soar” is a big size, about 24″x24″. I started it at the end of September, all fresh from Jesse Reno’s 2day workshop.
By the way, it’s still hard for me to cover everything up, even if I now that it’s for highlighting a part I love in the artwork and giving it all the attention it deserves. But I get better at letting go and going further. Yes I do. A little more every day.
I think I’m done with it. Maybe in the future I’ll want to come back and add this or that on it. But for now, I consider it as finished. There are part of it I LOVE and others not that much, but I’m okay. I’m not looking for perfection. The picture does not do it justice though (gloomy weather and big piece are hard word for taking photos).
This one was a linen canvas (so like a beige colour instead of white). I wanted pink shades. But… I’m not that much of a pink girl, so one afternoon, I just opened several paint jars and started to cover up, repeating in my head “it’s gonna be alright, you’re not ruining everything by painting over and over until you enjoy what you see”. Brayering, using my hands (now that I have the “invisible care*” cream that Samantha Kira praised in her uStream shows. SO I determined what parts I liked and block them out with another colour. It’s not finished, in real life it’s more greenish than blue (a pity since I like the blue I see on my computer more lol). For now, its title is “Courageous Steps” as it’s two words that came in my mine while painting.
I am totally blocked on this one. I felt the urge to paint these gorgeous bright colours together but I don’t know what to do next. I am in love with the combo and what it makes me feel how it is.
I don’t like that we see the brushstrokes that much. In real life, the bottom are really pink, not orange like on the pic.
“What do I add now ???” is the real question. It was like an impulse to fill a canvas with this colour combination, but what happens now that it’s done ? Frustrating me.
And of course, I’m still working and playing in my loved Art Journal. Plus writing for my book project. And taking care of the kids (my 5yo is at school full time, but not my 3 1/2 so…) and the home (despite I’m absolutely not a good housewife, I try to get better at this too).
It’s weird because I don’t feel like I am doing a lot, I know I should do way more than this (!!!!).
And what about you ? What are you currently up to ?
Note: I bought the Invisible Care cream at Blick when we went two days in Seattle last week. It’s cheap, you don’t have to put a lot on you hands to be covered and it allows to work with paint directly on your hands without wearing gloves (but for more safety, I still only use non-toxic acrylic paint when it comes to play without a brush), here are the product infos:
You are really growing as an artist. It’s so exciting. I love these new works. Powerful and expressive and emotional and beautiful.
Thanks for sharing.