….a thought prompted my a recent blog post. First of all I’m a mixed media artist. I love using various paint and fun tools. I do and have wondered how this exploring ties in to the 10,000 hours of practice.
Yes I love working with watercolor and tempera. I feel like my journey has only just begun. There’s lots more I want to learn.
BUT isn’t the point of art to tell a story. I hear more and more artists say that it’s not about the tools or perfection.
Today I mixed up the right pink. I mixed in a little gray to get a warm pink. I want the book to have a warm inviting vibe. I am so glad I am reusing this old crayola palette to create a color palette of my own.
I thought I could mix up two complementary colors and get the right black gray tone.
Then I painted the idea of how with one spoonful of sugar the sour fades and all you savor is wonderful flavor.
Yeah sums up this wonderful experience I’ve been having lately. Look at this color. You start out with the black and mix in a little pink. Look at all the beautiful tones I made. These tones would not have been possible without black tones. After I painted three hearts I realized I could have made the process more gradual but sometimes you have to go with good enough.
I make lots of art that was…that’s the thing I can’t even say ugly art because it was art that led to this project. All that art had to happen to overcome the 10,000 tries. That’s always a beautiful thing.
Then I was looking at my heart
and realized this sketch makes so much more sense.
The whole idea for the heart is the idea of something so beautiful that you wonder how it ever came to be. Yeah we all have that beauty within us.
Idea 1 : Paint some cool clouds with this cotton pom-pom. Not bad.
Idea 2: Use a little India ink to paint a heart. That was fun.
Maybe I should rethink the color here?
Who you are is a wonder to behold. Which one has that vibe. I’m going to say the 1st is easier on the eye and sporadically feels right…
Idea 3: Paint a heart character ( idea 2and 3 are for the book)
Idea 4 : This idea came from a book. The passage is something like this,” Most fish talk. You just have to be willing to listen. One, of course must want to hear.
“What an awesome way to say believe in the impossible. The impossible can happen but one must be willing to think it so.
Idea : 5 It’s been raining a whole lot and yesterday the sun came out. To bask in the glory of nature one must experience pouring rain. Oh it’s so true because the skies are ever so blue, crisp and clean. The first glimpse of sun always warms me on a cold day after a storm. It did today. Then …we’ll there goes the awesome clouds I made this morning.
Oh well ,you win some and you lose some. It’s the game of trying new things. I have two projects down for the book. I still have to think about the lettering layout. I can’t obsess because I got this. I will paint the words, practice watercolor. I want this book out there. People are going to love it. They already love the poem…no hay imposibles.
is a gypsy phrase that I painted a while ago.Why not simply paint and let the idea emerge as I paint? As I create this year I want to simply do what I want to do and have fun. Freddie Mercury was a wise man. Chachipe’ is a gypsy term I learned while watching a Spanish novella. It means reality and truth.
The Gypsies would greet and say good-bye using this phrase. I like the phrase but the above interpretation doesn’t do this cool phrase justice.
Do some research on gypsy patterns and color. Then paint. Same rules.
let’s really get to work here and fix this.
Alright maybe rethink the color scheme here. BUT working with patterns and layering color is great for learning color the Josef Albers way. I’m ready to move on to the next project. Yes I need to start working on the live your story book.
Creating projects means you are showing up. You show up and that helps you persevere.
When my work sucked, I showed up.
When I had the wrong idea, I showed up.
When my work sucked, I showed up.
There’s been many times where I reference Adobe Kuler, or How magazine to get ideas for color schemes.
There’s been many times where I have no clue how to improve my drawings. That led to a Udemy class. This drawing class made me study realism, perspective and shading. All this tied in so well with Ana Victoria Calderon’s class about transparencies with watercolor.