Happy Easter and Paint Party Friday everyone! I am in B.C., on Vancouver Island, for Easter weekend for my Dad's 90th birthday, a family reunion and to bring my daughter home from her first year at University of Victoria. Busy! I can't promise I will visit you in a timely fashion but visit you, I eventually will!
Last week's poll on inspiration oddly inspired me and I have started a new piece because of it. Potentially a new series, if it works out. You'll see more what I am talking about when it's done but for now I am just hinting at what it will be (if my execution comes anywhere close to my vision, that is).
(WIP - except for a few brush slips, I actually think it looks pretty like this even though this is far from finished!))
(WIP - stage 1 Pencil Outline)
(WIP - stage 2 adding texture)
Since I have "advance knowledge" of this week's PPF poll and questions, I wanted to mention two recent posts which I found to be very helpful for my own largely self-taught learning. The first is a video by Alisa Burke about her sketchbook. I have often admired her sketchbook when she shows glimpses of it but until I watched this video tutorial, I had everything backwards! I figured one did the ink outline first and then added watercolour - not vice versa! Her explanation has made a real difference to my Mexican Sketchbook which I started shortly after viewing that post.
(Ink and watercolour influenced by Alisa)
Earlier this week I was trying to figure out the blue in my painting and knew I didn't really have a good handle on the shades in my paint kit so I created this "legend" to see which was the just right shade of blue.
(I ended up mixing it myself as no blue was close to what I had in mind.)
Then yesterday I saw this idea at Elvie Studio (someone else whose journaling I love). Fun and practical! I will at some point try that for both my acrylics and watercolours.
So much to learn and so many incredible ideas out there in the blogosphere!
Help yourself to an Easter egg while you're here and have a super long weekend!