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.
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
I’ve been happy to recuse myself to this palette this weekend! In celebration of world watercolor month, I have chosen to work on a watercolor workbook by Sarah Simon
If you scroll below, you can see for yourself the absolute joy it has been to share this beautiful weekend with this workbook.
In the beginning, I flipped through the sheets and was a bit hesitant to use this beautiful book as a workbook, but Sarah’s writing and step by step guidance nudges you into a world of fun and exploration in a way that is pure joy! It’s probably the most clean and organized color swatch cards I have of my paints! Kudos to this workbook.
I bought the workbook in celebration of #worldwatercolormonth and I am chuffed that I did. I mean, it’s been just a few pages in and I’m having such a good time!
As a self taught artist, all my learning and growing comes only with experimentation and making mistakes. I grab every opportunity that leads me towards a space of learning and growing, and this workbook is one such example.
I also am part of local group of artists who gather every week online to be guided by a teacher / mentor about watercolor paintings, and it’s been endearing. We are all experimenting with our colors, learning and making beautiful pieces along the way! More of that later I guess.
The beauty of this workbook is that it already puts together a process in place for a nice clean flow of work that will become a beautiful collection of watercolor paintings by the end of this month and end of the book!
I hope to share more as I work my way through this book, I hope that you can ride along with me on this adventure.
Happy July the fourth weekend and have a good world watercolor month celebration.
A critical moment in my work was this morning. It was when the author of the workbook Sarah’s Simon shared my work on her page! Also, so much inspiration can be found on social media, particularly from artists, which is why I love Instagram and am truly grateful for the connections I have made there.
The picture above is the last but one composition and page for the watercolor workbook, it’s taken me so long to even get to this page, but it’s the work of everyday.