My mind is always overflowing with ideas and this week I’ve managed to get quite a bit out of my head and onto canvas or paper. Doesn’t it always feel great after you’ve had a really productive and satisfying week? I’ve just got to keep up this momentum now, through next week and the week after, and the one after that, and all the way through to Christmas. Yes it’s creeping up on us again, but faster than ever this year! One of my goals is to get an Etsy shop or my own online shop up and running by November. I’d love to offer you a range of beautiful hand illustrated cards in time for Christmas. So the countdown is on.
I’ve always got my eyes peeled for new inspiration. Look at these gorgeous “blushing brides” above. I couldn’t resist these on Friday and shall enjoy sketching them too. Inspiration often comes from my usual places such as a browse in my local florist, a walk along the beach with my beautiful boys, a wander through the visual delight of a garden that is Heronswood, or our local nature reserve that we enjoyed walking through this afternoon, pictured below.
I make a little visual diary in my head with everything I see, from colours, shapes, patterns. But these days with a Mama brain a quick snap from the camera is a far better record! I had a spark of inspiration in the funniest place on Saturday night. I was showering my boys and as usual my head was in the clouds and I was gazing at the markings in the steamed up glass of the shower wall. As soon as the boys were done, I grabbed my camera and clicked away to capture the sweet speckled rainbow that I was seeing. I know pretty funny, and no I wasn’t drinking – ha! This is my new inspiration for my next painting. Can you see it below in the photo? Maybe you see something else in the fogged up shower screen, dappled in splashes of water. We all see things differently. I love that! Different minds working in different ways.
Saturday here was very, very miserable as it pored rain all day, was dark and gloomy and we were all stuck inside doing boring things such as housework. These things just have to be done unfortunately but along with that and 2 little boys and 1 big boy who wanted nothing more than to get outside it just made for a day of grumpiness. So the evening came along and having had a late lunch Michael and I weren’t hungry so fed the boys and got them off to bed and I took the opportunity to spend the evening in my studio painting. I had to do something to change the mood I was in. Soon enough I was I in my element. And 5 hours later I emerged, getting a little tired, and a little hungry, and rightfully so as it was midnight! Well actually I came to find out the next morning that it was actually 1am because daylight savings had started!!! Hmmm seems I didn’t get time to watch the news or read the paper or engage in much of the outside world this week. Anyway my night of painting began preparing a new canvas to start on next week for my little rainbow idea.
Next up I dragged out a large canvas I’d started a couple of months back. This one had been sitting around as I’d started it and then didn’t know how to proceed. It’s more rigid and actually gridded. Usually my backgrounds are quite organic. I was also a little hesitant as a couple of people had said they loved it as it was, but I wasn’t at all happy enough to leave it as is and thought it was far from finished. What do you think?
Anyway I was enthused again to get going with this painting and happy to just simply paint and not worry to much about thinking too hard on what exactly I should do. I started by selecting a palette of colours and I chose these by looking for the dominant colours that were present at this point. To me that was the warmer tones and the green hue. In dived my fingers and I began mixing and merging the colours on the painting but sometimes sticking between the gridded lines when it felt appropriate.
I was also consciously leaving particular areas that I liked free of any more additional layering of paint. I continued to work my way around the canvas until I had gone over the entire original background layer. And this is where it finished up for now…
I’ve also been busily sketching all week and weekend, filling up 8 pages of my sketchbook. But I might save these for a new post tomorrow. So pop in here again tomorrow evening for a peek at these. Happy Monday to you all.