Monday, 18 January 2016
Paint, Draw, Create
I am a soul who is very much affected by the weather, today is a day that makes me feel my surroundings are unbearable - a dreary fog, leftover patches of ice and snow and sad looking trees, dripping water from their bare brown branches. I am trying hard to see beyond the brown and grey tones of the day and notice the birds who are visiting, and the new buds that are appearing, not to mention an early abundance of spring bulbs peeking out in my pots, delicious and succulent strong green shoots full of promise and hope.
So, my daily challenge is proving to be a huge tonic as it takes my mind away from the awful weather outside, and I can lose myself in my imagination where colour and magic lurks. It is a fabulous distraction, this daily half an hour is both medicinal and productive in ways I hadn't imagined. It is allowing me a space to play, away from the more serious business of producing art for licensing companies and to sell on my website, and for galleries and so forth. It is a pocket of time where I get to explore ideas that would normally be forgotten, to put them onto paper, to see what happens when I play with gouache or ink. Some of the pieces have surprised me - I've been rather excited by what I've produced. Other days, when its not so easy to get inspired and I sit looking at a white piece of paper in my book it is harder yet still I draw....something.
I am using everyday objects as a starting point - a bottle of Henderson's relish was one, a blackbird in the garden was another.
I am discovering a like of typographical art, and I am absolutely in love with gouache paint - why haven't I tried this before? I am now a convert, loving the buttery paint that dries to a chalky opaque finish which I can draw over in ink or felt pen. It is opening up new horizons for my work. I can see how my #paintdrawcreate366 daily art pieces are moving me in new directions, teaching me to try new things, and it feels good. Exciting.
These aren't polished, finished pieces and some of them I felt a little awkward about sharing on Instagram. Having being used to tidying everything up in photoshop after working hard to perfect a piece, this is a new one on me in a way, laying bare the bones of a piece of work as it is, paint sloppily going over the edges, the writing not quite fitting in the space, sloping upwards, colours bleeding....all the little flaws that are suddenly just part of the piece. And me and the girls decided to brave it, to share the crappy pieces along with the ones we really liked. It's like running down the street in your underwear, you feel a little exposed and embarressed that people are seeing it.
If you want to join us, you can share your pictures on Instagram using the hashtag #paintdrawcreate66. You will find me trying my best to post daily alongside Caroline Rose Art, Marna Lunt and Kate Brazier, Artist.
Explore. Create. Join in.