So one of my goals this year is to have more focus in my work. I’ve been all over the board with kinds of art I practice and kinds of journals I make as you well know. I got back in to one of my on-line pear classes – yes, I took two – that I’d not been able to focus on earlier so have spent some time this past week just painting pears.
I’m truly enjoying the work – though I do find that it is a bit of work still as I’m not very good yet with watercolors. There is a whole art to getting the paint wet enough that it doesn’t just evaporate once it hits the paper! But from the Jacqueline Newbold class I took last year over on Artful Gathering I also learned a LOT about the color wheel and color mixing so I’m seeing this practice not just about watercolor but also about knowing how to mix all colors better.
The class I’m focusing on now is Pear-ology by Martha Lever over at Creative Workshops, another on line art source for classes. This one is JUST about pears but has been great at helping me get the light and shadows down a bit more, plus paint some juicy looking pears!
Am I branching out into fruit scapes? I don’t think so, but instead am hoping that I’m learning new ways to glaze colors together that might be replicable in my mixed media work. I often use paints very watered down a la Pam Carriker so I’m thinking that this practice may help that mixed media subtle look I’ve been trying for but not quite making.
I don’t know about you, but I often look for recipes from my favorite artists about the experiments they’ve done with products and follow their leads from lessons learned. In this instance, I’m hoping that I do a little experimenting of my own, take some watercolor lessons and experiment with how they translate into working with acrylics. It’s not something that I usually do – it takes time and since it’s research, it also takes some discipline to note what works and what doesn’t and move forward with baby steps. But right now, it’s seeming like a fun idea to take some artistic leaps – I’ll let you know how it goes!