I've mentioned most of this on Instagram at random times but I thought I'd put it all together for a post here. On some mornings over the last few months, I would do a little watercolor work in my sketchbook. I've been working in the moleskine sketchbooks which have a thick, yellow drawing paper in them. The paper is thick enough to hold paint and not buckle too much but it isn't very porous. The paint sort of pools on top of the paper and I found that I had very little control over it. My solution was to just put some puddles of paint on there and let it dry. Then I'd go back and add drawings on top of the color. It was a freeing exercise to know that I had so little control of what it would look like and to just go with the flow. (pun intended!) My friend Andrea (@andreacollects on Instagram) recommended the moleskine watercolor sketchbook. I had only a few pages left in my old sketchbook so I ordered the watercolor one to use next. Then I got to drooling over this Schmincke set of watercolor paints which is a bit out of my budget. The artist Oana Befort uses and recommends this set and I just love her photos + artwork. I have a full set of watercolors and it seemed silly to spend that much money on new ones. I finally decided that what I really liked about the set was the size so I bought a much smaller palette ($3!) and used my old watercolors.
Armed with fresh supplies I thought I'd try a painting a day in May. I'm trying to work more from my imagination/memory and rely less on reference materials. I'm also going back into my old sketchbooks and looking for images that I can repeat. This morning Julia Cameron (author of The Artist's Way) had this to say:
It's difficult for me to get under that surface but that's where I'd like to go by working more from imagination. Dear readers, what helps you to fall down the well and get under the surface of consciousness?