2016 in Review

It’s New Year’s Eve and looking back, this year has been one of my most inactive for art in a long time now.  I was frequently distracted, uninspired, lacking motivation, and just plain didn’t feel like doing anything, including creating art.  I managed to write a long, multi-chapter fanfic (which I need to post here) but other than that… close to zilch.  Thinking about it, I still feel the need to create art, but I tend to procrastinate far more than I should.  Or if I do complete something, I’ll post it to Instagram or Facebook and call it a day, completely forgetting to update this site or deviantArt. 

So this is my goal for 2017 – be more open about myself as an artist.  Be more organized about posting my art – whether that be WIPs on Instagram or finished pieces on dA or just sharing other pieces of #artilove – I need to make a concerted effort to just do it.  If I ever want to do more with my art, then it’s not going to just fall into my lap.  I need to be pushy.  I need to put myself out there.  I need to get more visible and seen, somehow.  I need to dedicate periods of time to the art and not just lazing in the chair reading or playing my mobile games.  So that’s what I’m going to resolve to do. 

And right now, I’m going to go through my stack of paintings (there’s a bit of an advantage to working on paper) and make sure I have everything photographed and catalogued.  That’s going to be a challenge, for sure!

 

Happy New Year!  Welcome 2017!

 

Peace Offering

I have been incredibly lax about updating the site and posting any images here.  I have the remainder of the January 30-in-30 that I did plus a few other pieces that I’ve managed to do in the past six months as well, but the truth is – I’ve been incredibly lazy in general.  Just haven’t put a priority on making art, which isn’t good.  I feel better when I’m creating at least something.  But near the end of July, I got my creative vibe back and have two new pieces to offer.  I’ll be going back and figuring out what is missing from the galleries here and updating those as well.

“The Gates of Tomorrow”
Watercolor and white ink on paper, 8 x 11
Prints are available through my deviantArt account, if interested.

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“Untitled (Blue Layers)”
Watercolor on paper, 5 x 7

Day 7 – Another Untitled Piece

Nothing much to really say here.  I’ve yet again failed to come up with a title but that’s all right.  It will let the viewer decide what they like about this painting rather than be influenced by the words I assigned.

I’m really enjoying how the violet and turquoise blue look together.  Overall very pleased with how this turned out even though I was experimenting for part of it.  And I’m getting comfortable with the 5×7 size.  It gives a bit more room than 4×6 but doesn’t feel like I have so much space to fill if I were doing 8×10 or 9×12.

“Untitled Abstract” – Day 7
Watercolor on paper, 5″ x 7″

Available for purchase.

 

Days 4, 5, and 6 – all together now!

So in my usual timely fashion, I’m behind on posting my daily paintings.  I have such good intentions, but then my book and comfy chair downstairs tempt me when I get home from work.  Tonight I was ambitious though!

Days 4 and 5 are sibling paintings, in that they started out life as one larger piece that simply was not working for me.  I’d worked at it and worked at it and the balance or je ne sais quoi just wasn’t there.  So I took a knife to it and ended up with these two pieces instead.  The smaller format gives a better flow and focus to each painting, IMO.  No names came to me though, so these are simply “Untitled Abstract 2016-04” and “Untitled Abstract 2016-05”

Day 4 “Untitled Abstract 2016-04″
Watercolor on paper, 5″ x 7”

Available

Day 5 “Untitled Abstract 2016-05″
Watercolor on paper, 4.5″ x 8”

Available

As this post title suggests, I also have day 6 to share.  I was in a purple mood so went with the lovely violet color, supplemented by scarlet and turquoise blue.  I started subtle and then worked in layers as usual, but adding the new twist of flowing lines along the edges.  The center line of scarlet just feels right, as does the title.

Day 6 “The Shores of Desire”
Watercolor on paper, 5″ x 7″

Available

Enjoy!  I’m waiting for day 7’s painting to finish drying before I decide whether it’s done or not.  I think it is, but still need it to dry completely before I can take it off the board.

Day 3 – Tidal

Unlike yesterday’s painting, the title for Day 3 came to when I was almost done.  I had been planning to do something for my Layers series in my usual greens and turquoise blue, but I ended up putting a bit of a twist in there.  As the green layers were drying, I had the impression of water against land.  When I added the two additional blue layers, the work “Tidal” just came to me and I thought it fit perfectly.  I hesitated before adding the brown layer, but felt the piece needed an accent of some sort and I think it works.

Day 3 “Tidal”
Watercolor on paper, 5″ x 7″

Available for purchase.

Day 2 – Mist

When trying to think of names for my paintings, I usually come up blank (and I’ll probably name one of my pieces “Blank” one of these days).  Sometimes, nothing comes to me when looking at the piece.

Sometimes though, a name just pops into my head and in some cases, it sticks even if the final painting seems to have nothing to do with the title.  That’s still fine with me, because if I come up with a title first and then work, that title influenced what I painted and is still part of the piece, even if the two don’t seem to go together.

For Day 2, the title “Mist” came to me as I was about mid-way through.  I liked it enough to want to work with that in mind as I continued painting and while it might not be a perfect fit after all, I still like the title enough to keep it.

Day 2 “Mist”
Watercolor on paper, 5″ x 7″

Available for purchase.