I got started on this around 10:30 this morning. I set up my warming board contraption and got to work. Suddenly, it was time to make lunch, then back to work, then it was 6:30. My hand did start hurting toward the end as I was filling in the black but I opted to forge ahead and finish it. I have far too many works in progress and I didn't want this to be among those! I like it. I can see where the black portions are uneven, thicker in some places, thinner in others but it looks much more like stained glass than I thought it would.
Holy crap it's awesome to sell my art! I decided that my koi drawing was done without adding anything more. I really like how it turned out. Well, so did lots of my friends on Facebook, one of whom decided she had to have it. It's so exciting to move people with my work. What's interesting about this piece is that it came so easily. I've been wanting to do something with koi fish (I have other works in mind) and it just seemed to make sense to use the patterns of the ink stained paper to form the koi's skin. I drew the fish and painted around it. Just these two actions drew rave reviews. So much so that it just seemed too easy...like I hadn't actually done anything to this piece but other pieces that I spend hours upon hours working on draw crickets. It feels like I just simply don't know what people will like. I can't remember if I've talked about it previously here but I know I've discussed this with my husband...that the pieces I seem to like the least, other people like the best and the ones I'm particularly proud of seem to draw little to no reaction. I think I'm going to start taking note of what reactions come to see if there's a pattern...maybe there's not but I still wonder.
A couple weeks ago, I discovered a blog by another artist doing a daily creative project. Crystal Moody is doing a year-long project and started it in January so she's much farther in. You can find her blog here. I've spent the last couple of days reading most of her posts and I feel like she is a kindred spirit. So many of the things she's written about, I too have either written about, thought about or discussed with others. Her fears, resistance, discoveries, etc resonate with me so completely. Please check her blog out. Her work, both written and visual, inspires me!
Now for today's work. I've decided to keep up with the drawings on the ink stained paper. I've opted to let the ones I made yesterday dry a little longer so I used the last piece of one of the very busy inky/painted pages that I cut up last week. The other drawings have had more representational elements (flowers and the fish). This one was calling for something more abstract. As I looked at the page, I could see areas of the ink drawing that were prominent and wanted to stand out. Then I thought about scribbly ovals to isolate them and then obscure the rest of the background with the white acrylic ink. I like the simplicity of this composition juxtaposed with the complexity of the underlying patterns. I think I'm going to keep working with this style. These last 4 pieces have been smaller, 5.5" x 7" but I think I'm ready to go bigger. I can't wait to see what comes next! Oh yeah, and I've completed 12 weeks of this daily art project! So crazy!
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...