April 30, 2018
Aprils are my busiest month as I involve myself with two large arts events. I give my all, enjoy the moments, and relax as I process. I'm in the relaxing phase right now.
I've been looking at some acrylic paintings I did at a workshop last Fall...loose and interesting to me. Acrylic paints are still water-based but different than watercolor paints. So off to the arts store with nothing more than a notion of what I wanted. The aisle was filled with multiple choices and just as I was starting to think this was a bad idea another artist joined me. A seasoned acrylic painter. Who liked to talk and teach! Within the hour I was in my studio with time, supplies, and excitement tainted with a bit of anxiety.
I gessoed a 300lb paper and just started, making observations and thinking of alternate options to try the next time. I hadn't explored in a while and remembered how emotional it is for me...everything comes out...the joy and fun mixed with doubt and frustration. And I continue... knowing there is music playing and rain with bursts of sunshine outside, until I reach that point where it's not totally finished...but gives the viewer room to finish it themselves.
A successful weekend of discovery.
This is a good time to do more figurative paintings of women in differing expressive poses. My Painted Ladies.
I am an observer of life and love to paint what I see with watercolors.