This page was one of those messy pages crammed full of pieces of collage, odds and ends of washi tape, and surplus gesso and paint. It was, therefore, very textured and incredibly visually busy. It has been in my Rainbow Art Journal for months waiting for me to finish it. I focused on on the wine label that reads “seaglass” and used that as my colour palette inspiration. I used to collect sea glass as a child. I had different jars for the different colours. I found some really cool pieces. I have a vase filled with sea glass from Scotland in my home now. I collected it when I went back home to Fife in 2015 so it’s a visual reminder to my childhood.
I struggled to pull this page together partly because the lumpy, scratchy texture made it hard to work with and partly because I was so sick of looking at this unfinished page for so long. The page was just annoying me and I wanted to get it finished so that I could move on and forget about it.
PS There is a weird colour caste in my photo of this piece, a sort of pinkish glow. When I try to adjust it, it just throws the greens and aquas out too much. The background colour is white gesso so that should give you some indication of the actual colours.
Sometimes my camera doesn’t like the combination of colours I am using and alters the entire colour palette – sometimes that improves things and sometimes it doesn’t. I’m intrigued she has no arms ….. Your need to finish things makes me smile – I wish I had a bit of that going on!
Thanks. I have found myself drawings lots of figures without limbs over the past couple of years. I think it is an excuse to not paint hands.
I like her horrified look and that wonderful green color. I also think the texture is a real plus-adds a lot of depth, I think. And intrigue to her expression.
She’s the perfect picture of what March felt like.
Ha ha! Yes. Not for the first time I am thinking that I may have been painting out my feelings with this page.
Love the colors and textures as they are in the photo- wish I could see it in real life!
Thanks. The texture is crazy in real life. The page is probably four or five times as thick as it started out at the thickest parts.