Today I played with artists from Community Thrive, painting their way. I didn’t like all that I did, but will show you the “failures” too. The thing about classes is two-fold, assuming you are pretty good at making art:
- I am pushed outside my boundaries to try something that a friend/teacher does, which I find often results in picking up a bit of this or that which is eventually owned and incorporated into my own style.
- If I am stuck in any way (blocked) — which is rare, but more on that another time — doing what I am told will unblock me! This is also the fun of challenges.
- I get to make bad art too, and that tells me what I don’t want to do next time. Paper is expendable . . .
I had an image I didn’t like, and had tried Mystele Kirkeeng‘s class from another day, and in desperation to save the under-drawing (my brown watercolor details came out dark as night in a blob) I just took water and a fat brush and scrubbed it. It’s not my favorite, but I don’t hate it anymore, due to the influence of Mystele and Dina Wakley (who suggested faces.) I don’t usually play with faces at all, and played with two today, both on throw-away papers.
Then I tried Dina Wakley‘s process, changing things as I wanted. I didn’t have the supplies she suggested. This one was a lot of fun, using my hands to move the acrylic inks (I have always used my hands) and sewing on a machine (aaack!) and writing and and and: fun, lose, lines, yay! I used my beloved horses!
Then Jeannette House had a bird she wanted painted, but I still had Dina Wakley in my head, so while I will try Jeanette’s bird her way, I also did it in the spirit of loose and bright and made-up! Fun, lose, lines, yay!
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