This week I realized, I used to think I didn't like brown or gray... but nature uses them so I do too now, and see their value
know what I'm learning by painting more often?
you use your supplies up! Who knew? I've finished spools of thread, I've cut the last of fabric, I've dropped irons that needed to be retired but not used up a lot of paint, til now!
I am on my third set of posca pens and white signo gel pens, the black gel pen just ran out, several Staedtler pens ran dry last week.
what's wrong with these I muttered! Well, they got used up.
That's a good thing and a sign that I'm "making"
I didn't know how wonderful posca pens were til I got this one, as the first two from the art supply store caked, blobbed, and dried up within a couple uses. This one is perfect (got this one from amazon)
I heard one creative say making art is a portal into ourselves, if we are creating from within that is.
That's just about reason enough to keep painting I think!
paint blending, thin layers on thin layers, dashes of dark pigment, then highlights, smears with fingertips, using the muddy mixes on the palette for shadows, a dash of green with brown for a leaf.
Lettering with tombow marker, write in gray then add another line to thicken some sides, dash of black... a message sent
don't forget the chop on the card back... a sort of logo to signify the end of that work...
some morning time spent coloring in the Basford calendar page... color is glorious.
Another thing I realized this week... I often think I don't like my paintings at first, finish them and walk away to do a chore, and when I come back they have transformed into lovely works of art!
Why are we be critical of our own work? I end up loving each one even tiny quick pieces for their color, lines and blending of tones. They haven't changed, but my perspective has.