Other areas of priority will be working in the studio and finally putting aside my fears and try Plein Air painting. I have already started painting some landscapes in the studio. I think once I get somewhat comfortable with landscapes I'll be ready to take the easel outdoors.
My health is another priority. I've already taken some measure there. I started getting out on my bike and riding around our state park at Presque Isle. I need to work on getting up and out the door in the morning when it is cooler. Motivation...need to work on that. Saying daily affirmations help so will work on the wording to get going in the morning. I started to take herbal supplements and they really do work. I have less pain from arthritis and seasonal allergies have been minimal. So in case you are wondering I take Turmeric, Elderberry and Echinacea.
I am also going to be setting short and long term goals for my art career. First produce more work. I've been told to just show up and do the work. Inspiration will follow along with improvement. So even if I am not sure what to create next I will just start something. Even getting back to my sketchbooks. I will be setting my sights on acquiring one person shows and group shows with one or two people. My largest goal will be entering and getting accepted into the Birds in Art exhibit held each year at the Woodson Art Museum. Now that will be a lofty goal.
There you have it no more excuses. We are entering my favorite time of year as Autumn approaches. I will be starting each day with positive affirmations, love, peace, joy and giving.
Before I start work on a larger gallery wrapped canvas I thought it best to try a small 8 x 10 inch canvas first. Why you might ask, well I am doing some more experimenting with gesso's for watercolor and gouache on canvas. I wanted to get a feel for the paints reaction and action on this type of surface. Normally I use Daniel Smith watercolor ground but wanted to try a surface with a little more tooth to it. By mixing clear gesso with some white gesso I get a pretty good surface to work on. I mix about 2/3 clear gesso with 1/3 white gesso.
The surface does give me good flow with watercolors which I have done in the past so it was the gouache I was more interested in its reaction with the surface. The gouache did flow nicely and I was able to lift areas that needed corrected. With the gouache I was able to blend and soften edges and because of the property of gouache the blending can be done even after it dries. This could be good and bad so you need to be careful not to get an area wet once you achieved the look you want. Alas I did get water on the Veery (thrush family of birds) and had to redo it again. So yes it can be forgiving. Gouache has very little transparency, yet I felt it blended with the watercolor just fine.
The background was done with watercolor and gouache for the bird and leaves along with part of the moss and log directly behind the bird. Once I felt the painting was complete I sprayed it with an UV acrylic spray while it was laying flat to prevent drips. Then I was able to apply an acrylic varnish so it can be framed like an acrylic on canvas.
Give watercolor on canvas a try someday.
Years ago when my boys were toddlers I treated myself to a painting class once a week, thanks to my Mom who graciously watched my boys while I was in class. My watercolor instructor one day told me I should learn to draw with the brush. Just paint what was in front of me with out sketching it out first. And creating texture with your brush stroke. It can be quite freeing to simple start painting without drawing in the lines first. After finishing the painting The Journey I needed to free myself with a small painting. I had on hand a 5 x 5 inch gesso board that I have been wanting to try and found it quite nice to work on. Plus working in acrylics can be forgiving when you need to change your line that isn't quite right.
This is a good way to free yourself up after some intense painting sessions. I think I will stock up on some small boards just to be able to create a painting in one day. No wonder the painting a day is so popular. Almost like sketching only you are creating a painting that can be framed and sold.
Do you create small paintings to free yourself up?
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