Hello everyone! I hope you are starting your week and the month of December off on the right foot today. Its crazy how Thanksgiving has already come and gone and now Christmas is right around the corner. Did you all have a lovely holiday? I sure did. My parents and I drove over to the twin cities for the day to celebrate at my sister and brother in-law's house. My niece was born just one week before Thanksgiving and she just keeps getting more and more beautiful. Luckily she is completely okay with cuddling because she spent most of her day being passed around between all of us. Usually I only show painting pictures on Monday but she is just too adorable not to share one of the millions of pictures I have already taken. If you like babies, then I'm sure you can appreciate a good baby picture. If you're just here for the art, don't worry, I'm getting to that.
That face. I can't even handle it. I'll move on though, time for a little art talk. This week I switched from acrylics back to playing around with gouache and working on a smaller scale. It was a nice change but I've been daydreaming about painting on wood the past couple of days so I don't know how long this change in materials will last.
I had a vision of stripes with patterns before I began this piece so that is definitely what motivated my decision making in the creation of it. I thought I would take a little break from my ruler after last week's painting, but apparently its an addiction I just can't part with. I'm okay with it though, there could be worse things. So I started out just drawing lines, making random sections, and then randomly filling in those sections with paint.
My color scheme kind of just formed organically. I didn't start with all of my colors from the get go, I just mixed them as I went. I have been loving earth tones, gold, and most recently jewel tones. I think all of them are beautiful colors any time of year, but something about them during the winter months just really works for me.
So I eventually filled in all of the sections/lines with different colors and then I sat and stared at it for a little bit. I was liking the way the design looked without any added patterns so I set it aside thinking I was going to just call it finished and not risk over doing it with details.
Well. That lasted for all of 2 days until I hung it on the wall. I had prepared to photograph it and suddenly saw it in a new light. Maybe I had a flashback to the original vision I had of the stripes filled in with patterns but in that moment I decided that it was definitely not finished.
This is the point that I really failed at taking progress pictures. I try to pause and take photos so you can see my process and build up of details but sometimes when I am in the zone I just can't make time for that pause. I hope you understand. So these photos jump from where I thought it was done, to where is is actually done. Gotta admit, I was questioning myself a little bit throughout the detail adding process but I kept on and I'm happy to say I think it actually satisfies my original vision.
Looking at the photo above, I still appreciate the simplicity of the lines and color. In the end though, that just isn't totally me. My art never feels complete unless it has small details, something to draw you in, or at times, pure chaos. I'm sure my crazy patterns and details are not for everyone, but for me, they are the heart and soul of my work. They are what get me excited to start another piece. Im really happy with the outcome of this piece, not because I think it is my best work, but because it reminded me to trust myself. Trusting my artistic vision throughout the moments of doubt is when I end with work that is a true representation of me. Honestly, thats my biggest goal for my art. Just to create paintings that reflect who I am as a person and all of the time, energy and love that I pour into it throughout the process.
Let me know what you think of this piece, I'd love to hear your comments! Have a wonderful Monday!