Thursday, February 28, 2013

a picasso or a garfunkel....getting back into art

While my bro  and sweet niece were in town a couple weeks ago, my sister-in-law and I decided to have an afternoon of art. During one of Ellie's naps, I decided to go through my dusty art supplies that take up an entire corner of my bedroom, and make them useful. [Tangent: I have mentioned before in this post, that I am trying to exercise that atrophied part of my creativity lately.  It is daunting and scary, but completely overdue.]  Art can be an expensive hobby, but I guess I forgot that over the years of art courses, I somehow accrued an ungodly amount of  supplies....like nice ones....not just puff paint, bedazzlers and god's eye kits. I'm talking like $90 prismacolor pencils and toolboxes full of every kind of brush and paint. Suddenly, I felt these things needed to fulfill their destiny and not just be an eyesore. [Tangent: For God's sake- I have a full sized easel...and a table top one. I need to use these things!!!]

Oils are scary and messy and there are a lot of rules I don't remember...and there's paint thinner and maintenance...and I would inevitably wanna paint people...and then I would remember how inept I am at teeth and hands....so I would make all my people frowning with their hands behind their back.... so basically- oils were out for now. Watercolors it is. [Tangent: A lot of people hate watercolors...and I probably should if I used them properly. But, when I was in HS, I remember a teacher showing us weird techniques like throwing salt into it....or dropping big droplets of water through it or letting the paint drip all over the place. These stuck with me for some reason, not unlike all the words to The Simpsons Sing the Blues album.]  I decided my first project would be something kinda vintage and spacey as a valentine for my ginger because I am destitute and couldn't afford a giant stuffed gorilla because he has never known that artsy side of me, and I wanted to assure him it was not a hallucination of my younger years.


To my astonishment and to the boyish delight of my fella, it didn't turn out completely unfortunate. [Tangent: I am not one of those people that thinks everything they do is awful. Once in a while, I will knock something out and be all, "Damn! That looks amazing" so I hang it up and don't mind looking at it all the time, but the other 90% of the time- they will just sit in a pile and more or less forgotten about.] Parts of this piece looked completely sloppy and strug, so I opted to bust out those $90 prismacolor pencils to feel full-time fancy...and make it pop a little more. Mixed Media, bitches!  

It's not fantastic and the difficulty level is roughly a 3 on a 1-10 scale, but the colors are pretty, right? [Tangent: It's like telling a not-so-pretty girl that she has a fantastic personality.] It also got me slightly re-obsessed with messing with watercolors. Its so oddly soothing, even though my palette usually ends up cooler looking than whats on the paper.


I was inspired but felt like I needed to kick it up a notch...so I added typography into the mix. [Tangent: The whole put down letter stickers and paint over it is a pinterest classic, but I have yet to see people try watercolor with it...so I wasn't even sure it would work and that the letters might just slosh off the paper.] Despite my impatience in trying to peel the letter stickers off before they are dry, I wanted to do it again and again. Here are my first two experiments:

The During: 


 The Finished Products: 



Overall pretty fun, and these projects took me no time at all. Maybe soon, I will get my mojo back and stop relying on projects that involve things from the scrapbooking department. Maybe one of these days I will post some of my old art projects because some of them are pretty cool and deserve internet celebrity....and some of them just deserve public ridicule

8 comments:

  1. "Mixed media, bitches!" LOL. These look great!

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  2. Simpsons sing the blues is scribed into my soul too. It takes over my inner dialog from time to time. Painfully.

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    1. As it should. Born under a bad sign, I guess.

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  3. I think they're awesome! I am one of those people who always says that they would love to paint, but it scares the dickens out of me. I am so used to childish doodling with a ballpoint pen in a spiral bound notebook that the investment in and commitment to a painting seems too grown up. I have never really gotten the hang of light/shadow/composition/depth/color mixing/scale....okay, maybe I'll just stick to my notebook doodles. Keep up the good work!

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    1. I love to doodle too. I used to sit in meetings and cover my important company memos with cartoons of people I know or draw what I had for breakfast that morning. Painting is so fun!!!!

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  4. I think they turned out great! And I'll admit to being that crazy lady in the scrapbook section of the craft store exclaiming, "Oh, I can TOTALLY use these letters for something."
    I hate scrapbooking. But I love all of the crap they produce for people who like it!

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    1. I hoard scrapbook paper despite not scrap booking in years. It's all so pretty!!!

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