Black, Blue, and Red

A fortnight into 2019 and I finally created my first illustrations of the new year.  I received my Art Snacks box in the mail which prompted me to create something with the new materials it contained.  The box included a sample of paper (the heaviest I have worked with in quite some time) that had very small dimensions, just a few inches square.  That made embarking on an art project seem more accessible in the time I had available.  This was my first time using Golden fluid acrylics.  I focused on how they worked at different levels of dilution and was pretty impressed with how they worked with a lot of water.  I think I actually managed them better when diluted than I did when using it at its regular opacity.  I rather like that I achieved a watercolour-like effect with this paint and that’s probably how I will use it in future.

Art Snacks - Jan 2019 - 2

I am committed to more dedicated self-care this year and that includes preserving my art time instead of letting it get gobbled up my other things.  Taking two weeks before even drawing a thing isn’t the best start but fingers crossed I can keep to a more regular schedule going forward.

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Three Sisters

I actually managed to complete an art lesson this week.  I worked on this in stages while cooking dinner over several evenings so I am glad it was a project that allowed me to break it down to that extent.  The phased stages mean that I for once thought to take some process photos.  The lesson was for Let’s Face It and was taken by Angela Kennedy.  The idea was to paint a trio of female figures interlinking or interlocking in some way, subtly different but cohering through use of the media.  I used ink and watercolour only because that was what I had easily to hand and those are the media I work most quickly with.  Instead of adding detail to the figures’ clothing, I sprinkled salt on to create some interest.  I think that also helps maintain focus on the faces.  I have two sisters (and a bundle of brothers) but I don’t know that this trio are three sisters together.  Maybe three witches ready for Halloween.

Week 43 - Three Sisters 1

Week 43 - Three Sisters 2

Week 43 - Three Sisters 3