Not every trip into the studio will produce a work of art worth hanging on a gallery wall. Sometimes, as an artist, we just need time to PLAY. Get your hands dirty, open supply drawers that have been closed for a while, and just...play around. When you don't have expectations of creating that "perfect" piece you allow yourself the freedom to do things you may not usually do. Try it at least once a week if you can. Here are a few of my playtime creations from this week...
|This began with a charcoal sketch. Then I added acrylics, scratching labyrinth-like patterns into them, and finished with oil pastels.|
|I'm fascinated by standing stones of any kind. Charcoal sketch with black acrylic. I stamped into the wet acrylic with a rubber stamp that has a lacey pattern. I tried to make the stamped areas "pop" by rubbing silver powdered pigment over them. It's a little too subtle. |
|Imagery for a future painting or journal spread?|
|The first layers of a new journal spread. An image the tarot deck with red ink pad rubbed over it. The leaf pattern comes from a fancy paper napkin that I collaged on with gel medium. Paper napkins are a great collage material! |