So this week I finished my first sketchbook. It's FULL! Every last page is painted. It feels amazing to have accomplished this as well as great to be starting in a fresh book that isn't so thick and curvy. It got hard to paint in towards the end.. This week I also had a situation with ruining one of my pages. I spray fixative on each page so that the paint doesn't rub off on one another. It did in the beginning of the book and the pages look a bit distressed. I painted the apple as you see from the bottom photo that I showed on instagram. The next day I started doing my drawing in ball point pen (a first) I decided I didn't like it and painted over the page in orange acrylic and painted that cat. All was great. But when I sprayed the fixative onto the apple page all the ink bled through. Oh Well... It's just one of those things that happens. It's not worth getting to upset over it, and now it has a story. And I do have the pic!
Cats, Veggies, Sunflowers, Migraines and Candy! Just things that are on my mind... Happy November.
These are the last weeks of October but my actual Halloween Painting is on a spread with November 1 so it's going into the November post. I've been feeling tired lately and sometimes its a struggle to do this.. The top right portrait of me is me at 4AM up, not sleeping, not too happy.. But it's all cyclical.. can't be perfect every day.
Well, I got the dates all mixed up, but it's still a painting a day so I'm not going to spend time fixing it all up... I'll talk about being creative everyday in the sketchbook. Its hard. I had many days this week when I really had no idea what to paint. I got frustrated and tired. My fingers felt like they couldn't even hold a paintbrush. But I find its really helpful to just put on the timer go. I don't always love it, or even like it, but I did it. I guess its just about showing up. Some of my best ones have come out on a morning like that. You just never know.
Welcome Autumn and the cooler weather. So far this week I've been inspired by fashion on the street, crowds of people flowers and my selfie.
Whoa, I got way out of control with posting my sketchbook. But I've been doing it everyday still.. The 3 faces at the top of this post are the 3 days of migraine. I really like how on the red/black one the paper tore and it looks like I'm crying. I don't usually cry during a migraine, its just something I've learned to live through but its not unreal that that could happen.. Otherwise this month is about farmers markets and flowers and stylizing faces and animals which is something I'm interested in exploring more.
I went on a 2 week vacation with my Mom at the beginning of September. It was a cruise, not my personal choice of vacation travel but I was with my Mom and we went to beautiful places, so I just went with the flow. I don't like getting off a boat and seeing a place for a few hours with hundreds of other tourists.. but I found those were some of my favorite paintings.. All the different faces and bodies and expressions. I could have painted everyone. I got to see the Dalmation Coast where I've never been before so I can decide if I want to go back for an extended stay. I think I still need to wind down from this before I can make any real decisions on that. I used a new sketchbook, as I didn't want to take the other one in case something happened to it. I made a few mistakes here, leaving a page blank here and there.. It's always a bit odd to be out of the regular routine.
I'm leaving on vacation in 1/2 an hour but I wanted to get these in before I go. These are photos from my iphone of the book rather than scans so I'm interested to see how they look on the website. Next batch of work should be coming from inspiration in Italy, the Dalmation Coast and Greece. I'm, going with stacks of sketchbooks, paint and pens. I'll be posting on Instagram @augustwren if you'd like to follow along!
There is a big range of subject matter the last 2 weeks. I have to say I feel I'm slumping as far as inspiration. I need to get out for some different visual stimulus to make this feel exciting. I've been busy with a big illustration job and Lilla Roger's global talent search. I'm feeling super tired right now. Will write more later..
I finished Month 7! It's becoming a habit now. I still have days where it's really hard. I sit down and my mind is a complete blank. But I push through and something happens. I may not like it but I've done it. But more times than not I surprise myself and in that push I discover something new and I get excited. There are also days where the painting just flows out but it can't be perfect every day.