Hello! I hope everyone's week is off to a great start! I definitely didn't mind the week starting with temperatures in the 40's, but I'm sure some people were sad to see all of the snow melting away. Did you do anything fun this weekend? Have you gotten all of your Christmas shopping done? I haven't. I'm not one to save all of my shopping until the last minute but this year seems to be falling that way. Don't worry, I have a plan! I pride myself in being very thoughtful in my gift giving, and I don't plan on that changing this year. It just means this time I'll have to purchase my gifts really under the wire, but I think it will be worth it! Since I wasn't shopping this weekend, I spent my time working, painting and being with family. It was my dad's birthday on Sunday so my sister, brother in-law, nephew and niece came over and we all got to celebrate together. It was relaxed and perfect and still feels crazy that getting together with my sister is now only a 10 minute car ride away. Of course I'll be leaving to move across the country in about 3 weeks so this is really just a tease for me. Regardless, living this close will be nice while it lasts so I don't plan on taking any of it for granted. Couldn't really ask for anything better for this holiday season.
Now, onto the painting for the week. Last week, I really enjoyed painting something a little different then usual but still using wood as my surface. This week, I totally switched gears and went back to good old paper. I had ideas for something small and intricate so that is what I set about making.
I just started drawing shapes and it quickly took on a somewhat striped feel. You could definitely say I was inspired by last week's designs and pattern layout but this painting still took on a life of its own as they usually do. Oh, and if you are wondering, gouache was my medium of choice this week!
I planned out my color scheme in advance in hopes that I wouldn't feel the need to paint over areas later on. Well, that didn't really work. For the most part, I was really happy with the colors I chose, but as I continued to paint there was something that just did not feel quite right. As I stared at it more and more I realized it was the blue/turquoise that I really didn't love and it definitely had to go.
From the below stage, until it was finished, I went through a phase of really not liking this painting. That seems to be a trend for me. I almost always go through a time of disliking my work and feeling like the piece is just a lost cause. I've learned this about myself. I've also learned that when this happens, I need to just keep following my artistic instincts because if I just keep working, I almost always end up with a piece I am proud of. It usually takes some covering up and repainting (sometimes to a drastic extent) but its worth it. I've gotta thank myself for tackling this one painting a week challenge because it has really forced me to not give up. Where I used to be the artist that would set something aside when a piece wasn't going my way (and I have a bunch of half-finished paintings to show for it), now I work through that hurdle because I know if I don't, there is no way I'll have a finished piece to show each week. This challenge has been a real eye-opener to my artistic process to say the least.
Below is the finished product. I'm happy to say that once again, after following my instincts and continuing to paint whatever seemed necessary, I reached a point where my piece felt complete. As usual, it was a fun one to paint. Even through the tough artistic times I still always love and enjoy the act of painting. Gotta admit though, every time I'm I don't paint on wood, I miss it a little. Maybe that's a sign for my true calling? Or maybe that's just me being dramatic. Only time will tell! As usual, if you have any thoughts about this piece please leave a comment! I really would love to hear it!