I'm taking advantage of the long weekend to work on several projects at once. I'm practicing the wet-into wet technique on smaller studies then using what I learned on my larger painting with the parasol. I try not to fall back into by old habits of painting first then deciding the best way to get the effect I want. I guess I need to have a clearer image in my head of the results before I put layers and have to scrub out. On the parasol painting, I wanted a light and airy painting with dapples of sunlight dancing on her dark sweater. The plan was to paint around the drawn shapes, but they looked too much like objects on her sweater rather than sunlight, so I painted over and used the spray bottle to create a texture.
After playing around on other paper, I came up with a stenciling technique where I can rub-out the sunlight spots in the shape of a stencil that I use for notecards. Now I wish I had done this from the beginning! I am enjoying the painting again instead of struggling to finish it.
I have also used today to keep up with the shows I want to enter this year. I have a stack of prospectus that are now arranged according to month so that I can decide which paintings can be submitted to what show. This way, I won't accidentally commit the same painting to a show, if it were to be selected by both organizations. This also motivates me to get more paintings finished so that I can enter more shows!
I am experiencing battery issues with my camera, so the inages below were taken with my phone. Technology is amazing! (The only issue with the phone images is that the resolution probably wouldn't be enough to have a good image for a digital submission.)
HERE'S WHAT I'VE BEEN WORKING ON THIS WEEK....
I think it is important to share our process with others, just as we gain from watching other artists work.