Haven’t been working on the sewing so much, recently. Too many pressures on my time and too many options, I think.
I did pick up a coloring book to work in — or at least to xerox the blank pages out of so that I can color on them. :) Given my fine motor skills, I could probably also reproduce them by hand with a compass and a pencil, eraser and pen. I got this because I’ve been inspired to get back into 2-D art again, and it seems like a good start. Right now I have a lot of colored pencils and drawing pencils, and almost a full spectrum of brush pens (I’m still lacking a [warm] yellow). I just need to figure out a way to use them.
I also came into contact with a graphic novel recently, which has got me thinking on doing watercolor work again. The thing is that, for one thing, it’s been so long since I’ve worked with (transparent) pan or tube watercolors that I’m not entirely confident that I still even *know* how to use them. I got a cheap pan set for about $6 (Aurora; the pans look unfortunately like Pez) to play around and experiment with as I get my legs back. But I still haven’t used it. I should also note here so I don’t forget: I also have a small new jar of Process White for illustrations, and there are some older tube watercolors and a lot of my old gouaches here, plus the semi-moist Prang stuff from when I was a kid (which is, at least, free). The gouache is likely to be more viable than the watercolor, but at least there’s the possibility of the option there.
Hmm. So maybe for now I should put the sewing away, just so it doesn’t get dusty while I’m not working on it? I need to wind a new bobbin, too. The next step in the trial blouse is gathering up the sleeve caps, which is kind of intimidating. But, tangent.
The hardest part of this for me at this point in my life is trying to figure out what to paint or draw. I’m not a type of person who really wants to paint landscapes. Still-lifes are all right, kind of boring, but good for practice. I still haven’t found a place to settle as regards…well, my own style. My illustration style is getting more settled, but to be realistic with that, I’ve been working on illustration-style drawing for well over a decade… What I want to do is to be able to draw scenes out of my mind and draw or paint them; or to communicate an internal state visually (which can be totally non-objective painting). If gouache didn’t lift so easily, it might be the perfect medium for this. But as it is, unless I use some type of medium to alter the paint/water mixture (so it turns into “glaze”, I take it, though I’m not too familiar with this), it’s going to take more visual pre-planning than I’ve ever done before, just because you can’t paint lots of layers of gouache on top of each other without pulling up the underlayers. And, of course, regular watercolors are transparent, so things like washes show through unless an opaque ground is painted on before the object in question.
Maybe I should be looking into acrylics instead of watercolors, eh? The only problem with that is that…well, in the past I thought that you couldn’t paint on watercolor paper with acrylic, but now I’ve read you can? I could try light work as with watercolor, but let the paint dry to a film and then work over it. :) Which actually sounds good…but I’d have to think about that. I’m not too sure if I’d have to gesso watercolor paper, or not.
I could use the acrylic, to be short, like watercolor, but with the advantage of being able to work over an area very many times. And I suppose I could just use the disposable palette. In a tactile manner it seems as though it would be very different, using acrylic/oil brushes instead of the soft watercolor ones I’m used to. And working on a textured base like canvas (as I could), instead of paper. Hmm. Or I could work on hardboard or canvas board…which is really not an option with watercolor, is it?
I never really got used to the idea of painting from light to dark, which is my major problem. And I’m more spontaneous and fluid with my envisioning of my paintings or drawings, as versus having the thing planned out before I begin. I know that after practice, I can get into the zone where I can see what I want to paint or draw before I make a mark; but that’s generally for localized areas. And then sometimes things change as I’m drawing, or I can see that something’s not right, and I alter it; which then flows into a running narrative, which is a large part of why I’ve been interested in sequential art.
I almost named this entry so that it would have something to do with thoughts on color, but I suppose that is almost assumed when one is working with paint, isn’t it?
I should get some rest…my back is tensing.