I hope all is good with you, here everything is ticking along as usual. I spent much of March trying to get back into the routine of being creative every day. Decorating the bedroom was also a creative act but completely different from putting paint or collage on paper and I had missed doing that.
I still have the big piece of wood (30″ by 44″) to paint to go on the wall above the bed but I need to get some ideas before I attempt that. So I purchased this book in a local charity shop:
It’s a big paperback book measureing 12″ wide by 16″ high of photographs of landscapes taken from the air. I’m using it as a kind of sketchbook to develop some ideas. I am using what is on the original page to inform and inspire what I put over the original images.
Unfortunately I didn’t take a ‘before’ photo of the page above, but it was the index page. It had images on the left hand side and text on the right. I gesso’d over most of the page leaving just three small elements of the original images on the left hand side which are now contained within circles. I added the circle to the right hand side of the page to give some balance.
In case you are wondering I ALWAYS leave the covers of my sketchbooks/journals until last.
This is also part of my long term project Inside/Outside in which I am looking at all aspects of inside and outside. A book showing images of the surface of the planet are ideal for my investigation. I have a feeling that when the book is finished it will be all about Interior landscapes.
I’m not too sure how I feel about the finished page above but it was good to be working with paints again and I do like the colour combination. I generally find green the hardest colour to work with!
Inside the book I stuck some of the pages together to give a firmer surface to paint on. I’ve had varying degrees of success with this as some of the pages didn’t stick very well and there are some air bubbles trapped! But it’s just an experimental sketchbook so I’m not too bothered with the end results at the moment (and I’ve never been bothered about perfection anyway)! For now it’s just more important to be going through the process of getting paint onto paper and having some fun.
Just before I go, here is a treat for you 🙂 I discovered this amazing artist today and she is only 9 years old. Incredible Talent! Here is Pakritee from India, if you like this video perhaps you will leave a comment and encouragement for her on the YouTube page https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fo_Ha-JkGQQ. There are other videos of her painting too.
That’s all for now folks
Take good care of yourselves
See you soon
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