Before I went for a walk along the creek this morning I was drawn to the supplies on my studio cart. There are so many ideas rolling around in my head right now that I'm having a difficult time deciding which direction to go. Other times I struggle to find something that ignites my creative spirit. Do you ever feel this way? My favorite, even during times of self doubt, is being in the middle of a project which is why I love working in series. Even if I'm not totally happy with the work at times during the process, it feels that I am accomplishing something and am always learning.
Today I was looking at the altered books in progress (they've been set aside for some time) and my gouache and watercolour paints. I love the chalky matte appearance of gouache but not their smell or non-fluid way they feel when I use them. And though I love the colour and transparency of watercolour, they really require a proper surface in order to show well. But acrylics can be very sticky in between the pages of a book even after drying well. But I love working with vibrant colour and applying it directly to the pages of the books. I know I'll find a solution.
The little 5x7 plein air landscapes will continue (I have 100 panels to paint!) but at a very slow pace. I think I'll continue to bring my pochade on our mini vacations as I've really enjoyed working with golden paints Open acrylics. It certainly feels different than traditional acrylics but I do love that working time.
I also have more 6x8 and 4x4 panels and some oil paints and medium I'd like to explore further. Plus the #100daysnastywomen portraits.
So much to do, so little time. But I realized that my focus has moved to much smaller work than usual. It's kind of weird for me as traditionally I'm a fan of bigger is better. I guess we'll see what the changing seasons will bring.
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