I finished my last sketchbook and have started a new one. This one is a bit bigger and doesn't fit on my scanner as a spread so here it is page by page. It is a heavy watercolor paper too which is different for me. I've been playing with markers, ink and of course my staple gouache. Happy May!!
Yes, I'm finally up to date posting my sketchbook paintings. How can a month go so fast, i mean to do it every week! I'm gearing up for Surtex and working on a super secret fabulous project that I can't wait to talk about!
I've been enjoying working on specific, limited color palettes. I choose a few colors from my paints that feel right at the moment and just go with those. Its a great way to discover new combinations that work well together.
I've been playing around with lettering which is really fun. I need to do a lot of it to feel really confident so I'll be doing it often. The woman down on the bottom with the puff of dust over her head is me with a migraine. I'm working on this issue. I found a community acupuncture place that doesn't cost a fortune so I've been going regularly. It makes a difference.
I finally went back to the smaller sketchbook and can show the spreads again. I like to do it this way better. Although typically now I'm missing the bigger sketchbook. I plan to use that one too, just not for this project. I've been having fun adding borders into the art. I loved mixed patterns and love playing this way.
I spent up until this week working in a larger sketchbook. But it was a challenge for me to fit the paintings into my 30 minute designated time slot. I've learned from experience that if I take any longer than that I start to get stressed out and I can't move on with my day. It was hard for me to admit that I couldn't do it. I'm now back to using a 5x8" sketchbook and it all seems so much more manageable and I'm happier. I will be doing larger paintings but just not with a time constraint around them.
More collage, some pen and ink and a first a geometric! I feel like its so limitless what I can play around with, there needs to be more time in a day.
I've been anxious to try new techniques.. The bigger sketchbook is definitely a challenge to get a whole painting done in 30 minutes. I think some days are more successful than others. I started using some vintage paper in a few of these which is something I want to explore more.. As you can see every day I wake up and do something very different from the last.. I go with my mood.