I hate being creatively blocked! Sometimes the trigger is obvious, sometimes it just hits out of the blue….like this last few weeks. So frustrating when that happens! It feels like I forget how to paint, or create anything, for that matter. It makes me grumpy, and sad… *sigh*
Finally, on this last Monday, it was gorgeous outside, and I had free time, so I decided to just sit down with my alcohol inks, bound and determined to end the stupid block… and I produced four alcohol ink pieces! Alcohol inks to the rescue this time, so it seems. 🙂 Because they are so free in their ways, they were a good kickstart. I just put on some groovy tunes, sat out on my sunny patio, threw some color on my substrates, used some stencils, and went where it wanted to take me.
Because of this lovely start, I have another in mind. So my creative wheels are again turning! Yay! 😀
Watercolor painting is not what I would call my forte. I have never taken painting with them too seriously, but I love to dabble in that medium from time to time. For me, they are just intuitive and delicate little studies…in color, shape, & mark making. Relaxing, to say the least. I can get completely lost, like I do when I am in “the zone” with my acrylics, but it is a different feeling…more like floating on another plane of existence, I suppose. lol
There is some delicacy with acrylics, like when I do extreme detail, but it is also different. With watercolors, for me, it is a very dreamy-like delicacy. My colors(not always, however) tend to be softer. The water takes care of that, although they can be strong as well, and that is one of the things I love about it. Depending on the wetness of the paper, the color can be as strong as I want, or as barely there as I want, while all still maintaining a sort of softness, that I can’t get with acrylics. I also love to play with masking fluid, salt, and other effects, to take it to unexpected new places, whereby then I try to see shapes, or whatever. I never know where it will take me, and that is part of the appeal of doing abstracts in any medium! 🙂
I LOVE my “water brush”! Except for the smallest detail work, or when I need a separate clean brush for wetting the paper with clean water, as I go, I pretty much just use it alone. It is VERY convenient to have that water reservoir! No dipping in water required! It came with my particular watercolor set, and I had no idea it would be so wonderful! 😀 Also, it has held its tip point remarkably well for being almost 4 years old! Sometimes, like today, I hold it in my right hand to lay down the color, while in the other hand, I have a brush for keeping the paper wet, or to blend as I go. I was thinking today, as I did this, how it felt kind of like playing an instrument. I know…I’m a little weird. 😛
I tend to like lots of delicate themes, as well…flowers, hearts, swirls, circles, and squiggles. My favourite tool for going back to add them, after the paint has dried, is a wonderful illustration pen with a double point. One end is a bendy, paintbrush like nib, and the other end is a very pointy, but stable nib. I can get super delicate black lines with it….perfect for doing dreamy little doodles, and the smallest of details! I learned early though, that it has to go on last, and can’t get wet(unless I want it to for whatever effect), or it just runs black all over the place!
I have a special table away from my other painting area, where I like to sit and play with my watercolors. I have my tea, and usually 60s “hippie music”, haha, or soft rock playing. Both inspire me….
It is also my sewing area, as once in a while I feel the urge to quilt. Yes…many interests, not enough time!! It is a clean area compared to my painting area, and the art desk where I make my jewelry. I don’t use my OTT light over there, just soft desk lamp lighting. The white, natural light of the OTT lights is a must for my acrylic painting, and I have two, since the room I paint in does not get enough natural light through its one window. For my watercolors, though, I am not as concerned with it. I like the softer , warmer feel of the “yellow” light, as it helps set the mood for the particular subject matter I like to do with the watercolors. Funny that they actually turn out! 😛
Anyway, I’ve been watercolor painting, here and there, over the last few weeks….late at night, sometimes in the afternoon…between trying to come up with inspiration to do another acrylic, and trying to just relax my sometimes chaotic mind! I bought a small watercolor sketchbook of sorts, and do it on a small scale, without ripping the pages out, or even sizing the paper. Maybe one day I will feel so inclined to take watercolors more seriously, and do larger pieces with a plan in mind, but for now, it is just a little side trip… a happy, delicate, and dreamy little escape….. 🙂
Catchy title for a painting, yes? hehehe I sometimes have a hard time coming up with titles for my paintings. I stare at them forever, and hope something pops into my head. That is what popped into it today…looked kinda like where I might spot one. 😛
First I laid down the background in my favourite colors….they have a happy, tropical feeling to them. 🙂
I used an old brush for this to give it a “scratched” effect. I always keep my brushes…even when they get gummed up, or old and ragged…there is always a creative use for them!
Finished background ready for its sketch of the final idea. I didn’t get attached to this one, so it was easier to paint over it! hahaha
Did some glazing and sgraffito effects on it. My two favourite things to do! I love the luminosity with the glazing, and the surprise under color with the scratch marks!
Also, I did this one on a nice thick canvas, so the sides, top, and bottom got a wraparound paint job! 😀 I really like painting this size, too. Quick feeling of accomplishment! I think I get a dopamine rush from painting….no, I KNOW I DO! 🙂
Finished piece. …My first painting of 2017! 🙂
Makes for a pretty pillow! ;D
This post calls for a little “island music” methinks! 🙂
Music is another of my passions. I don’t play any instruments…well a wee bit of guitar, but I am terrible at it!…but listening and digging for hidden musical jewels, old and new is a favourite pastime for me. Recently I discovered 8tracks.com, and started making playlists there just for fun. I like to play them, and others I have discovered there, when I paint…especially in the summer when I get to paint outside. Something about sunshine, good music, and color…. 😀
I am often inspired and get motivated by the music I am listening to while I paint. Every genre takes me in new directions, it seems. I love classic rock to paint to, and it often gives me the energy bursts, where my brush strokes become wilder, and very playful. Blues however, inspires more thoughtful considerations…deeper layering, more subtleness, more detail. It is a little weird when you think about it….but then again….maybe not so weird. Maybe music, being an art form in itself, is intrinsically tied to the creative process of painting…. I think so. I know so, because I feel it, and it is real. I paint far better and less distractedly when I listen to tunes, over, say a podcast, or a movie on Netflix, both of which I enjoy doing also while painting…especially watching Star Trek…which inspires me on whole other levels…but that is another story! lol
Anyway, I made playlists at 8tracks (and on my iPod of course, but I can’t embed those here :P) for my painting purposes, although they also work well when on the treadmill, or cleaning the house! lol
Today, as I delve into another mini painting, of which I am going to try a sideways approach to encaustic (painting with wax)for the first time…that is to say, not exactly encaustic painting, per se, but using the wax as an effect over acrylics (I shall write another post when I finish that, if it works out, and maybe even if not. haha), I think my blues/blues rock playlist at 8 tracks will work well with it, because I want a depth of feeling in this piece, even though it is just a mini, and sort of an experiment.
Every piece is special…and to quote Bob Ross, “We don’t make mistakes, just happy little accidents.”. 😀