My drawing and painting life
I am not feeling too well (sore throat, yuck). But I would like to keep sharing – start again – and get into my blog writing rhythm again. There’s lots to talk about, so it shouldn’t be too hard. It’s already January 30th, the Year of the Spark has begun. I am doing a watercolor class – and loving it! See?! Once I start, I know it’s not hard at all to write. So here goes.
I try to get back to making a lot of art; make something everyday if possible – if only small pieces, postcard sized papers and Artist Trading Cards (2,5″ by 3,5″) for swapping.
Over the Xmas break I was wondering what to start the year with. I really wanted to do some monoprints from the gelli plate again. And I want to go back to birds.
For those who’ve followed me and this blog a little longer, you know: last year I was on a 101 bird challenge, making 101 bird pieces in 101 days: drawings, small paintings, mixed media pieces. By the end of the challenge I needed a break from having to do it every day. Now I’ve had my break, I can go back to birds. Just not in the same way. This time I’ve started several ones by making random marks in blue hues on postcard size paper. From this has grown a new idea, slowly but gradually. I also decided I was to work on (near) monochromatic pieces for a while.
For the birds I hope to walk all around the color wheel – playing the color wheel – and see what happens. Which colors appeal to me, what happens when I get to the ones I don’t like? I know that blue is an OK color for me. Next will be green. Not an OK color at all. I feel like running away. Ha! Let’s see what happens next.
For the time being I am getting all kinds of birds. But also: some of the blue marks just don’t want to be birds. I leave those for later. But after finishing several birds, I gave in and made these two fun drawings. I call them the ‘blue card people’. They were there hiding in the marks. I only had to draw them out.
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