I can’t believe it – already we are on week 6, the final week, of Summer of Color! The colors are sumptuous, tangerine, raspberry with a hint of yellow and my piece is started. Well, okay, started, completed and rejected and a new piece begun.
This has been a great 6 weeks for me. I’ve been more artistic and more active in my art in part due to all the energy of so many artists and the interesting prompts from Kristin over on Twinkle, Twinkle. I’ve used colors that I love, like the combination above, and colors that I don’t use often, like last week’s red, blue and light blue or week 3′s Purple, Gray and a hint of white. But in all of them, I’ve ultimately liked the results.
As I do every year, I learned a LOT, not just about my own art, but also about what other folks are creating. And I found a few more blogs to follow that will take time every day but also instill in me the energy to create each day. Thanks, All!
I often evaluate what I’m doing with my own art and which directions I’d like to pursue this time of year. Some of it I attribute to what I see done by all these many talented people who participate and some of it is because there are a few on-line classes that take place in the Summer. I will sign up for more watercolor classes, I think, because I want to go beyond pears. I like the looks that can be achieved, mostly by others, but at times even I am producing things I like in watercolor.
I also discovered that I missed using my portraits in my mixed media. I do like nature and use it a lot in what I produce, but I missed having my women come out and make their voices heard. So I pulled out the pencils again, learned that Copic marker on hardboard mixed media is easier to manage than acrylic paint and know that I need to draw a few more faces since many of my ladies are tired of being used all the time!
I also continue on that journey to find my voice – why do I do what I do and how am I different from other folks? I’m working to be more inventive and let me be me. I’ll let you know how that goes!
I’ll have one more post this week with my final piece for Summer of Color. Can’t believe it’s final, but I’m also hoping that I’ve learned how to keep motivated and how to keep interested in tackling new things.