This week’s lesson on Life Book was taken by Lynn Whipple and was entitled “Favourite Favourites”. The idea was to reflect on all of the favourite things in our lives and to create a painting of a jar to contain all of those favourite things. Cue lots of Julie Andrews singing in my head. The lesson seemed to perfectly complement the Jar of Awesome lesson.
The techniques deployed were really fun. Painting somewhat sloppily with very liquid watercolour, finger painting and splattering with watercolour. Although I work with watercolour frequently and I enjoy splattering ink and paint, this was actually the first time I had ever splattered with watercolour. Definitely something to do again as I loved the way the splattered pigment began to bleed into the wet paint on the paper. Remarkably, while I draw with an ink dip pen all the time, I never use it to write with. I think that lack of practice is probably evident from the finished piece with its scratchiness, inconsistent line weight and the bleeding of the ink in some areas of the paper. I also enjoyed creating the positive shape by painting the negative space. That is an approach I will use again.
I generated my list of favourite things by just plucking them from the top of my head. My hobbies are in there and so is rather a lot of food. It seems like eating might be my favourite hobby of all. I even asked myself what my favourite herb was. Food Glorious Food. A brainworm to replace Julie Andrews. It’s a very eclectic list that includes items running from Art to Zombies. Raspberries, Rome and rust. It is certainly a diverse range of things that make me happy.
What would top your list of favourite things?
this is a wonderful idea Laura! Thank you for sharing this with us:-) p.s. I love rhubarb pie, tea, books, and always, plenty of art!
Well I cannot remotely claim credit for the idea. That is all thanks to Lynn Whipple. I think an afternoon tea with rhubarb pie and a good book sounds like a great plan.
delightful jar!! I love clotted cream and rhubarb pie and Rome and Scotland too!! 🙂
I love how you’ve found interesting assignments and ideas to inspire you to create new things. Keep it up! It’s wonderful!
Thank you. Some lessons are a better fit for me than others but I enjoy learning new techniques and approaches which hopefully I can incorporate into my own style.
Wonderful Laura! Thanks for sharing your Life Book lessons. You inspire me in so many ways. 🙂
What a very sweet and kind thing for you to write. 😀
Beautiful jar, Laura. I really like how your colours blend and your words give character to your piece, very inspiring.
Thank you. I had a lot of fun quickly sploshing and splattering the watercolour around. It was also nice to sit for a few minutes reflecting on some of my favourite things. I actually had to stop myself before the jar became too cluttered.
Watercolors are so much fun. You did a beautiful job on this project Laura! Looks like you’re having a lot of fun with LifeBook ;))
I’m far more comfortable messing about with watercolour and ink than I am with acrylic. This was a fun lesson because it was so free and quick to do. I’m thoroughly enjoying Life Book. I’m learning loads about mixed media and feeling inspired by the tutors and tutees.
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