13 weeks in the bag and it keeps on going! I made the blue ink-stained paper a couple of weeks ago but wasn't sure what I wanted to do with it, so I figured it best to wait for inspiration to strike. I really loved the koi I did last week and feel drawn (no pun intended) to do more of them. I think the inky paper looks kind of like water so it makes sense to use it for the koi. In the other ink paintings I've done, I've let the colors form the objects by obscuring the rest of the background but I want to preserve the background in this one so I'll be painting the koi with more opaque paint, covering the blue where the fish will be. I'm thinking I want to use white, cream, yellows, reds and oranges on the fish to create a nice contrast between the background and the fish. I sketched out some compositions to get an idea of how to set up the painting. I'm leaning toward the composition with two fish, which will be different colors to set them apart from one another since they are so close in proximity to each other. We'll see :)
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...
Got started on another drawing using the ink stained paper from a couple weeks ago. I've really been wanting to put some koi fish into my art but I haven't had the right opportunity. The flowers on these inky paper pieces have been interesting so I thought this might be a good way to try a koi. I might have more time to work on this tonight but I want to be more careful with these. I do layers of the white acrylic ink to obscure the background and on the last one I didn't let the layers dry enough in between and I ended up with cracks in several places on the paper. I'm trying to resuscitate it by covering the cracks but I'm not sure I can save it. But that mistake gave me the knowledge I needed to avoid doing that again. So, this one (and probably future ones) will take more time to complete to allow for ample drying. I'm hopeful, though, that I'll have it done tomorrow. I'm really excited to see how this one evolves. I don't really have any definite plans for it (I have some ideas but who knows what will make it to the paper!). Tune in tomorrow for more on my koi!