State of the Art – week 19

Seeing as my last State of the Art was back in week 8, I’ve disappeared from updating here for over 2 months.  Pathetic.  It’s not that I haven’t created any art in that time, but a fair amount was spent in an art funk of some sort that I’ve finally decided to just push through.  I have a few new pieces to show off, including the art block-breaker, and I’ve added those pieces to the gallery here.

Another reason I haven’t been painting is that I’ve been writing.  I enjoy reading manga and watching anime and for some reason, I’ve gotten into One Piece hard again, to the point where I’ve been working on some fan fiction again.  I used to write a lot more stories years ago but for some reason, I stopped.  I’m not sure if my creative juices ran out or if something else happened, but according to the dates in the notebooks I write in (I start writing longhand, then edit as I transcribe onto the computer), the last story I was working on was dated 2009.   So I’m enjoying that bit of creativity as well.  Unfortunately, it takes me a long time to write, so the stories won’t be available for a while yet.  I did discover that one of my Ghost in the Shell fics was never posted here on the site for some reason.  It’s up on Fanfiction.net but I never cross-posted here.  I’ll do that as well.

On to the visual art though – here’s a bit of an art dump for the most recent pieces I’ve completed.

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State of the Art for Week 8

Yes, I missed a few weeks in there, c’est la vie.  I was in an art funk for a while and just needed to take a break, but this weekend has been really productive, I think.  In addition to getting my donation for the Art for the Paws fundraiser, I’ve been doing work behind the scenes on the website and today, while the husband and his friends were watching the Daytona 500, I was at the drawing table working.

First item – finishing a WIP I’d started as part of the January 30-in-30 painting challenge.  I’d done a bit of work on it earlier this month but decided to finish things up today.  Here’s an in-progress pic from when I turned the piece on its side and saw a gate into… something.  Which prompted me to start building a wall around the opening, but it had to be broken down and worn away.  I don’t know why, but that’s what I saw.  Today saw the addition of more wall building and greenery, plus the moon shining down.  Oh, and the iridescent paint isn’t as obvious as it seems in the photo.  Strong light plus angled paper equals extra shiny bits.

Beyond the Gate (WIP) | Watercolor on paper | 9" x 7.5"

Beyond the Gate (WIP) | Watercolor on paper | 9″ x 7.5″

“Beyond the Gate”
Watercolor on paper, 9″ x 7.5″

Beyond the Gate | Watercolor on paper | 9" x 7.5"

Beyond the Gate | Watercolor on paper | 9″ x 7.5″

Since watercolor needs time to dry, I also had two other pieces I was working on at the same time.  One was a practice piece to try out a technique that Stephanie Pui-Mun Law uses in her art, which I adore!  So I tried this with a basic tree shape and.. I dunno.  I’ll have to work with the resulting tree and see how it looks once I add color and more details (if I can think of any).  The other is a larger abstract that I’ll add lines and other marks to once it’s completely dry.  I haven’t decided if I’ll use white or black for the lines though.  I’m just glad I seem to be over my art funk and back to making pretty things again.

Practice Piece

Practice Piece

Paths of Light (WIP) | Watercolor (and white ink) on paper | 9" x 12"

Paths of Light (WIP) | Watercolor (and white ink) on paper | 9″ x 12″

 

Art for the Paws

The local shelter in my area, Helping Paws, is doing an art donation/raffle event and I decided to take part.  I donated my money to get a canvas, did my piece, and turned it in today.  I’m a bit nervous because this is the first time I’ve put my art out there like this.  I had to write an artist statement! :O  But you have to start somewhere so here I go.  I’m planning to go to the formal reception in April to see the full mosaic of pieces done for this event, because it’ll look awesome!

My biggest challenge was how watercolor and canvas can play together nicely with the tools and supplied I already have and the short answer is – not easily.  However, I’d done some research previously and knew I could mount the paper to the canvas (as opposed to applying watercolor medium and then painting directly on the canvas) but since I’d never done this before, I was pretty nervous.  It worked out beautifully though, IMO!

“Sky Full of Stars”
Watercolor and white ink on paper mounted on canvas
6″ x 6″

Sky Full of Stars (Art for the Paws) | Watercolor and white ink on paper, mounted on canvas | 6" x 6"

Sky Full of Stars (Art for the Paws) | Watercolor and white ink on paper, mounted on canvas | 6″ x 6″

Sky Full of Stars (Art for the Paws) | Watercolor and white ink on paper, mounted on canvas | 6" x 6"

Sky Full of Stars (Art for the Paws) | Watercolor and white ink on paper, mounted on canvas | 6″ x 6″

I really like how the painted edges turned out, including trying to paint the edge of the paper so that it wasn’t a stark white line.  I think that instead of doing this again, I’ll save my pennies and invest in some watercolor medium, which I can put on the canvas, sand down, and then use the watercolors as usual.  That would make a nice change from doing all my pieces on paper which tends to almost require a mat and frame for display.

State of the Art for Week 5

So here it is, my first “State of the Art” wrap-up for week 5, aka the week ending January 31.

I meant to post this on Monday, but work and not feeling good-ness got to me, so it’s a day late.  This week ended the 30-in-30 Painting Challenge hosted by Leslie Saeta that I took part in for the first time this year.  I was hesitant to do this at first but decided to jump in and see what I could push myself to learn.  And I did learn some things, mostly that doing a painting a day, even if it’s a small quickie painting, can be time consuming.  By the end of the month, I started to feel pressured and obligated to finish what I’d started and that was coinciding with end-of-month activities I do for work (it’s my busiest time of the month) and that dragged me down, to the point that I didn’t care if I finished some of my in progress pieces.

I did expand on some techniques that I liked and want to keep incorporating in my art going forward, so that’s one of the pluses from the challenge.  On the downside, I started to feel like I was doing a piece just to fill the day’s “quota” and not because I wanted to.  The weekends were easier because I could do several pieces at once and work ahead, but during the week… not so much.  I do think it taught me how to be a bit more flexible and free in what I do since I tend towards structure and nice lines and not messy most of the time.  Letting myself be messy is fun, especially the last two pieces I did when I dragged out the acrylics and just slopped paint around.

Here are the last three pieces I actually completed for the 30-in-30 Challenge.  I have three others that are still WIPs (for days 23, 24, and 29) but since none is close to being completely, I’m not going to count them.  Finishing 24 pieces, even if some were tiny, is a damn good success, if you ask me.  Tomorrow I’ll post a collage of all the finished pieces.

Day 26 – “Nebula”
Watercolor and white ink on paper
7.5″ x 7.5″

Nebula | Watercolor and white ink on paper | 7.5" x 7.5" | January 30-in-30 Challenge

Nebula | Watercolor and white ink on paper | 7.5″ x 7.5″ | January 30-in-30 Challenge

Day 27 – Abstract (Green)
Acrylic on illustration board
9″ x 10″

Green | Acrylic on illustration board | 9" x 10" | January 30-in-30 Challenge

Green | Acrylic on illustration board | 9″ x 10″ | January 30-in-30 Challenge

Day 28 – Abstract (Blue)
Acrylic on illustration board
10.25″ x 7″

Blue | Acrylic on illustration board | 7" x 10.5" | January 30-in-30 Challenge

Blue | Acrylic on illustration board | 7″ x 10.5″ | January 30-in-30 Challenge

 

30-in-30 Challenge – Days 23-26

So I’ve gotten behind again on my daily paintings, but more from doing other work here on the website than from lack of motivation.  If you haven’t noticed, I’ve added my own shop here on the site instead of only relying on Etsy for (attempted) sales.  And I’ve gotten a bit ambitious working on days 23 and 24.  I’m doing these as a pair so it’s easiest to actually do them at the same time.  Plus the technique I’m playing around with (inspired by seeing a video of how Stephanie Pui-Mun Law does some of her textures) is new, so it’s taking me longer to finish areas.  And there is more detail involved, so again, takes longer.  I like what I’m seeing so far though, so that’s always a good thing.  So here’s a WIP of days 23 and 24, so far untitled although “Creeping” comes to mind.  Or maybe “Fractures” might work, too.

Days 23-24 – WIP Untitled (so far)
Watercolor on paper, each 9″ x 12″

Days 23-24 Works in Progress

Days 23-24 Works in Progress

I haven’t been totally into my computer work though.  I managed to do a tiny painting for today.  It’s something I need to remember to take in with each day, plus I just wanted to play with a new flat brush I have. 😉

Day 25 – “Joy”
Watercolor and blue ink on paper, 5.5″ x 2.5″

Joy | Watercolor and blue ink on paper | 5.5" x 2.5" | January 30-in-30 Challenge

Joy | Watercolor and blue ink on paper | 5.5″ x 2.5″ | January 30-in-30 Challenge

And in-between waiting for the above two pieces to dry, I got the background put down for my day 26 piece, which will be pen/ink lines over the colors.  Tentative title right now is leaning towards “Burning Bright” for some reason.

Day 26 – WIP “Nebula”
Watercolor (and ink) on paper, 7.5″ x 7.5″

Nebula (WIP) | Watercolor (and ink) on paper | 7.5" x 7.5" | January 30-in-30 Challenge

Nebula (WIP) | Watercolor (and ink) on paper | 7.5″ x 7.5″ | January 30-in-30 Challenge

30-in-30 Challenge – Day 22

This one is a complete change for me because it includes text.  In fact, that’s the whole reason I did this is because I love this phrase from the Pink Floyd song “Time”.  Well, I love the whole song but something with this phrase just resonates  with me.

Day 22 – Something more to say
Watercolor and white ink on paper, 3″ x 9″

Something More to Say | Watercolor and white Ink on paper | 3" x 9" | January 30-in-30 Challenge

Something More to Say | Watercolor and white Ink on paper | 3″ x 9″ | January 30-in-30 Challenge

And just for fun, enjoy the song as well.

30-in-30 Challenge – Day 21

This one was a quickie, to be honest.  I worked on it between doing day 20 and day 22, so I had 3 going at once.  Mostly, I wanted a vibrant piece in reds and oranges and yellows, so here it is.

Day 21 – Dancing Sun
Watercolor on paper, 5.5″ x 6.5″

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Dancing Sun | Watercolor on paper | 6.5" x 5.5" | January 30-in-30 Challenge

Dancing Sun | Watercolor on paper | 6.5″ x 5.5″ | January 30-in-30 Challenge

30-in-30 Challenge – Day 20

Posting later in the day, but I ended up reading last night instead of finishing my day 20 painting.  That’s all right though, I had the base done so it didn’t take long to finish.  This ended up going in a completely different direction that I’d planned though.  For some reason, drawing the little flourishes all over appealed to me, as if they were sprouts of some sort.  In the end, I rather like this one quite a bit.

Day 20 – Flourishing
Watercolor on paper, 4.5″ x 6″

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Flourishing | Watercolor on paper | 6" x 4.5" | January 30-in-30 Challenge

Flourishing | Watercolor on paper | 6″ x 4.5″ | January 30-in-30 Challenge

30-in-30 Challenge – Day 19

So I’m all caught up and working ahead a bit, which is a good thing.  I have day 19 done and ready to be sent out (?!?) and the base for day 20 is drying on the backing as I type this.

Day 19 is a two-fer piece.  In addition to doing this painting challenge, I’m also taking part in Postcard Swap #4 organized by Dawn Diamantopoulos.  I got my address to send an art postcard to and decided that I would do that this weekend and also count it for one of my daily challenge pieces.  For this, I went back to my retro circles a bit, but I also used a few new things as well from this month.

Day 19 – Postcard Swap #4
Watercolor and marker on paper, 6″ x 4.5″

Postcard Swap #4 | Watercolor and marker on paper | 6" x 4.5" | January 30-in-30 Challenge

Postcard Swap #4 | Watercolor and marker on paper | 6″ x 4.5″ | January 30-in-30 Challenge

In the interest of staying ahead of things, I also started working on the base for day 20’s piece.  Right now it’s at the “adding water to create shapes” stage but by tomorrow night, it’ll be completely dry and ready for me to start adding accents with paint and ink.  I can’t wait.

Day 20 Work in Progress

Day 20 Work in Progress