I took bristles to this ole thrift store canvas once again a few days ago. The session that yielded this bit o work added quite a bit that I like (overall). The bowl, for one, was a few loose waves of paint here and there. And then also reinforced the swirls.
I had a dream about loose brush strokes a couple nights ago. Perhaps it was the Diebenkorn exhibit, or browsing the illustrated Food Rules, with fun, exuberant images by Maira Kalman. But it could feel the loose color in my fingers.
I’m getting close to the end and it feels like I need to start subtracting and adding one or two final things—images not provided by the original kid that made this. What’s a still life without a flower? Yes, I will add a flower.
(What with the who? Start at the beginning of The Tale of the Kiddie Canvas (and all of its progressions).)
This kiddie canvas experiment siddles up close to its own finish. I missed sharing one particularly ugly stage of development here. It was so horrid, wrong, and ugly, I changed it quick. It sat on my table less than 24 hours before I took another paint brush to it. And afterwards said, “WHEW, much better.”
I tried to add depth, and make some of the painting recede. Tried using muted cool colors. Ah-ha ha ha ha haa, what I know about painting. The result was busy and terrible, so I painted that pink back over it and all better.
Part 6 of the canvas is done and it is getting perilously close to the end, end, end. Will it be great or ruined?
(Whoziewhatsit? Start at the beginning with The Tale of the Kiddie Canvas or just view the canvas progression.)
I don’t share many of my watercolor donuts. Not sure why that is, especially since I started with donuts, so the not-sharing changes now. Here are some of my absolute favorite donut watercolors. I won’t sell the originals, but I’m working on prints right now.
This is the first glazed yeast donut that I ever really loved. And no, not the anemic top donut, just the bottom one.
And then a really fun old fashioned beneath an OK one.
And finally, a cruller and its shadow. And yeah, not 100% correct, but I enjoy it. This one is pretty new on the donut-creation timeline.
It seems strange that each of these donuts are brown, and not just a little—they are muy brown! Not a sprinkle in sight. Perhaps that’s why I like them so much. The other colors of the rainbow appear when you know where to look. They’re brown, but then again, not really.
(Would you like a donut of your own? Check my etsy store—April’s Magical Donut Galleria.)
I learn new things every day, every week. It’s unavoidable. For example, I now know that you cannot scan flourescent gouache. Fun!
Just like the donuts, I felt to paint ring pops. Started with a sketch.
Moved on to over-do-it city. Restraint is not a strong suit. See the wishy-washy black edges? I drew everything with a Tombow marker first, which melts with water. An unintended effect!
And then a final, solitary Ring Pop… of DOOOOOM. I rather like this little fellow.
Another idea that manifested itself in my brain—a mexi-banner. Which is awesome, except for that terrible script. Ah, one day! I see more of these banners in my future.
And I look forward to the day that I reflect on these blog posts and see how woefully deficient I was in my skills. Cannot wait. I am aware that this rough, hairy on the edges. It needs loving care, and the hands of someone who knows what they’re doing. I’m not that person… yet.
In the meantime, I keep sharing, practicing, trying new things. One day, oh one day, I’ll be nothing but proud.
Last week compelled me to make those three white swooshes on the right. So I did. And then, of course, the triangle rays insisted on appearing. I like where this painting is going, although it feels unbalanced right now. The color on the right is so much lighter than the bits on the left. Maybe I’ll attempt to even it out more next time.
Can you spot the two other additions?
So, ta-dah! Here it is—the latest in my re-use of a kid’s discarded canvas that I bought at a thrift store for $.50.
(A little lost? Start at the beginning with The Tale of the Kiddie Canvas.)