Summer transition 2021 with pastels, inktober and a deep dive!

This blog is taking on a monthly theme and I’m happy. When I began this space, I wanted it to be slow and steady paced.

I have planned art filled months ahead of time for September and October to help me navigate challenging tasks and timelines at work. With lots of ideas to let loose on paper, my explorations take me to a space of fun and joy! I’m thinking about my watercolor and Gouache month in August and feel like I’m gaining confidence with that medium.

September is oil pastels with #coloricombo on Instagram.

The fun of oil pastels is the bold colors and the range of colors available to explore on paper. It’s a bit messy and I love that! I tried regular pastels but it was too messy for my studio, so I switched to oil pastels.

I’m having so much fun, I love making up fun things in my head as this moves along! I love that I’m able to make time to chip away at the small things with new mediums and hopefully will have a significant body of work to carry forward.

October is Inktober will be purely pen and ink! I’m inclined towards lettering and possibly storytelling in black and white! I am still on the fence with this one. I have some ideas on what to do for Inktober so I can draw stories – see more here

But I am trying to get more detailed story telling with watercolor narratives as I embark on Yellow Brick Road with artist Lindsey Stripling soon! I cannot wait for that workshop, it has been on my mind for a year now!

I struggle to sit for more than 15 minutes on a sketch, partially owing to my life in general but I am really not compaining.

I have learnt to chip away at each of my painting pieces nicely, in a manner that would allow for time away from staring at the piece to the time it would come back to you to really view it well.