The 30-Day Creative Gathering has entered it’s 4th year. Bravo and congratulations to all of the participating artists who have helped to make the gathering so successful! A handful of new members have joined us for our sixth event. Hooray!
Today I was in the mood for subtle texture. It is dark and gloomy outside. Looks like snow. Only it won’t snow. I think that may have influenced my soft palette.
I’m off to start day two!
An intellectual says a simple thing in a hard way. An artist says a hard thing in a simple way. Charles Bukowski
Be willing to be a beginner every single morning. Meister Eckhart
A load of laundry. A load of pillows. Dusted. Vacuumed. Did dishes. Finished organizing art supplies. Sampled paint colors. Eliminated some choices and grouped by value. Painted a palette grouping the values. Did a mani/pedi.
You know what this was. Procrastination. Haha. Late last night I finally started painting. DUH. If I had done the first part in the afternoon, I might have finished in time.
The first layer is a napkin from Ikea. I thought I had separated the layers, but after I Placed it, I noticed there was one more layer. So instead of dark outlines, I had soft ones. I used matte medium top and bottom, so that took a long time to dry.
This morning, I cut the vase out of scrapbook paper, glued that on, and sat staring with no clue what to do next. Haha.
I didn’t have a vision or a plan. I was inspired by some playful florals I found on Pinterest, and Instagram. And I feel like I missed the mark. That is exactly what this needs. A few bold marks. So. A work in progress.
I think I need to add some bright marks, and I need to brighten the leaves. I used stamps, ink, acrylics, posco pen and watercolor.
The background was originally a pale turquoise. It seemed too light, the vase was not standing out. So I laid a wash of Inktense over it, and dabbed it off. I left it slightly darker around the edge of the vase. The splatters turned out much large than I wanted. The blooms are so dark, adding the light might not be such a bad thing.