Most times I just "know" when a piece is done but this one is vexing me a little. I've gotten rave reviews on this one on Facebook, even before it was close to finished so I'm feeling torn. I like how the koi came out. I kept the details subtle because I didn't want to obscure the colors. What I'm struggling with is the idea that there can't just be one item on the page. When I originally thought of this idea, I thought I'd add a couple of lily pads but now I'm not so sure. I sought suggestions from my lovely FB friends and got some good ones. Based on one suggestion, I uploaded the photo of the piece into Paint and added in the lily pads where I thought of them but I think they detract from the fish, so I don't want to do that. I did just a bit ago think of adding some air bubbles but I'm not sure of that idea either. So, I'm going to follow another great suggestion and just set it aside for a couple of days and then see if I still feel like adding to it.
Since these "silhouette" style drawings/paintings have been successful/popular, I've decided to keep exploring them. I wanted to create some new backgrounds The bluish one is a fresh one I started today but the other two were pages that I had stained with ink/paint sometime last year. I didn't like how they turned out and just didn't know what to do with them. I have heard that an artist should never throw work away so I hung on to them. I've looked at them time and again since I made them but just put them away again because I couldn't figure out what to do. But I realized this afternoon that these would be great to work with as backgrounds, they just needed more layers. of ink. So, I soaked these pages and stapled them to an art board to help reduce buckling. Then I added more ink and more ink and more ink. I decided to play a little bit and added some drops of rubbing alcohol to disperse the ink and so far they seem to be coming together rather nicely! I think what I'm really enjoying about these inky backgrounds is that I'm letting myself just play and experiment...observing what happens, letting ideas just flow. I love that feeling and the reward when they end up looking interesting. I wish I could find that flow/ability to play with more of my artwork...
I'm still not feeling very free in my art making but I'm trying to play more and judge less. So, here's an abstract watercolor that I put salt on to create texture. I like it...the simple color combo is nice and the added texture gave it more interest. It's 9"x12".
I've had some sad moments today but feeling better than yesterday. I have something special planned for tomorrow's project!