I've been anxious to try new techniques.. The bigger sketchbook is definitely a challenge to get a whole painting done in 30 minutes. I think some days are more successful than others. I started using some vintage paper in a few of these which is something I want to explore more.. As you can see every day I wake up and do something very different from the last.. I go with my mood.
I've been bogged down with some administrative work.. Not my cup of tea and it really adds stress. I wish it could be just painting all day. This project has saved me from having days where I do nothing creatively all day. I'm grateful I started. And now there is only less than 2 weeks to go and I have 365 paintings. In my last post of the year I will talk about some of the challenges and rewards. Its been an incredible journey that I will be continuing. (Maybe with New Years Day OFF!!)
Whoa, I got way out of control with posting my sketchbook. But I've been doing it everyday still.. The 3 faces at the top of this post are the 3 days of migraine. I really like how on the red/black one the paper tore and it looks like I'm crying. I don't usually cry during a migraine, its just something I've learned to live through but its not unreal that that could happen.. Otherwise this month is about farmers markets and flowers and stylizing faces and animals which is something I'm interested in exploring more.
I'm leaving on vacation in 1/2 an hour but I wanted to get these in before I go. These are photos from my iphone of the book rather than scans so I'm interested to see how they look on the website. Next batch of work should be coming from inspiration in Italy, the Dalmation Coast and Greece. I'm, going with stacks of sketchbooks, paint and pens. I'll be posting on Instagram @augustwren if you'd like to follow along!
I finished Month 7! It's becoming a habit now. I still have days where it's really hard. I sit down and my mind is a complete blank. But I push through and something happens. I may not like it but I've done it. But more times than not I surprise myself and in that push I discover something new and I get excited. There are also days where the painting just flows out but it can't be perfect every day.
More than 1/2 the month has gone by so quickly. I was on Cape Cod for a week which was so glorious. Beautiful weather, cool breezes, good food, the beach and relaxation. Every morning I set up my paints on the screened in porch and painted . I could be happy doing that more often! This month my sketchbook was featured in Uppercase Magazine! What a thrill. I'm so happy and grateful that my project this year has turned into something so special that resonates for many. I hope I've inspired others to start this practice, It's a life changer in so many ways. The most basic being that I can see that I can create something every day in such a short time. It has built alot of confidence. I recommend this for everyone.
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.
This week I was away in Florida helping out my Mom who had a small eye surgery. She has lots of art supplies so I basically just brought a few pens with me and decided I would work with whatever I could find in her closet. I used pastels, oil pastels, poster paint, pens.. It was a challenge and lots of fun to explore what I could do with them. I felt for the soft pastels I would prefer a much bigger piece of paper, otherwise Im going to continue with some of these now that I'm home.
Plants and birds I saw on my walk to the beach as a pattern. The guy is back to my people reference from the NY armory show.
This lady was a hostess at a restaurant we went to. She was weighed down with so much jewelry... She was pretty awesome! The birds are from my walk.
I did the pattern on the plane, some kids in the seat next t me were very fascinated. The portrait is my Mom after her surgery, She only had to wear the eye patch for a day.
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.
I was shopping at Trader Joe's and this woman caught my eye and the next day I painted one of my groceries. I'm surprising myself as to what I can accomplish in 30 minutes these days. Even though it's just 1/2 hour a day, this project feels big and seems to take up alot more time than it does. Could be that I am thinking about it alot.
My husband and I were out for dinner with friends. I hadn't done my drawing yet so I just drew them all sitting around the table.
I did these with pen on a painted ground. Black, white and gold gel pens. I started at the bottom and just worked my way up. I keep the timer on and at 30 minutes I stop wherever I am. I have a good sense of what I can get done though so I usually finish.
This winter has been ridiculous, cold and snowy every day. It seems that its the only topic of conversation. I really am looking forward to spring.