This week is the 6 month mark of my daily paintings. I've learned so much from doing this project already. I learned that I can be disciplined (I wasn't so sure about that), I can come up with an idea every day, which has been a problem for me in the past. For the most part I feel I have found who I am as a painter..This quirky, whimsical, painterly realism, with a decorative touch. The book has been amazing for finding reference for other projects, playing around with color combinations, paint techniques,. I've painted from life, from my imagination, from reference on the internet, they all have something great to offer me. Best of all I've made so many virtual connections through this. The support has been outstanding. Thank you all very much.
12 days go by so quickly. In another 12 I'll be at the beach for a week which I'm really looking forward to. I spend alot of time in my studio. Just to be in a different place and be able to breathe deeply. (Please follow me on instagram @augustwren if you are interested in seeing my daily progress. I also have prints of some of my pages in my Etsy shop, link to both in left column.)
I got so inspired by this little green bouquet that I picked up at Whole Foods the other day, It completely came together in this little vintage vase I have. The grid on the black one came about because there was an imprint on the paper from the day before when I scratched into the paint. So I just built it up from there.
I was looking through the Audubon bird book. These really reflect my mood.. The day I painted the little grey guy I was feeling very out of it. He looked all scrunchy and concerned, perfect fit.
The pink one is inspired by lace and the greens are algae.
The flower vase is a combo of gouache and oil pastel, I like the markings on this duck.
I was away from home alot this week. I've discovered that if I paint a background and bring some pens I can create these fun patterns. I just put on the timer, start at the bottom of the paper and work my up.. Im using uniball Signo pen white and gold, on black paint. The best surface is acrylagouache because its so smooth and easy to draw on. For #makeartthatsells class we got an exercise to play with neutrals. I combined my tasks and used neutrals for 2 days. Its a nice alternative to brighter colors sometimes. I like muddyish colors, they are very soothing.
For some reason I dreamed about my childhood parakeet and canary. They were named Susie (yellow) and Clancy (green) They lived for a long time about 8 years.
The day I painted the blue paint tube was a big snowstorm.. I was feeling so much blue and white that day. Just had to go for those colors. And then it was valentines day. Sending Love!
Some friends my my bookclub the other night and some random dried flowers from my garden last summer.
I finished my first month of Daily Sketchbook paintings. Some days felt great and others I was definitely "off". But I am determined to do it every day regardless of how I feel. Sometimes just choosing what I want to paint seems like a huge task, others I just sit down and go. For example this happened just yesterday and today. Yesterday I was getting a migraine, I just couldn't focus, so I put down the stripes and then just decided to draw with a pen over it.. It looks dark and sad to me... Today is better and I just painted. I guess I could just put a big dot down on a bad day..
I went from the really cold to the very lovely this week. I had 3 days in Miami and 3 days in Naples, Florida visiting my Mom. Now I'm back to the cold. It was a nice getaway and I am happy I was able to stick to the discipline of the painting sketchbook. I had watercolors with me and just 2 tubes of gouache so the quality of the paintings are a little different. The hardest part is deciding what to paint each day. It feels very important but I'm working on not being too precious about it..