“The wheel turns and returns” -Juliet Marillier
Hold fast friends.
I bought adobe photoshop, and ive been taking my art and mixing it with more of my art. The results are so much fun. Take a look at two of them:
So far the big downside is that I don’t have a fancy pen and tablet to draw directly in the program, but I’m trying to figure out how to fix that. I had the opportunity to try one out at Comic Con this weekend, and now I’m in lust.
Take care, everyone
Do it anyway.
Sailing was a big part of my childhood. My Aunt and Uncle lived on one; all our vacations involved water. Dad built a little 12 footer dinghy sailboat when my brother and I were kids that we’d sail around the lake. It was an awesome way to grow up, and I am still so thankful to my family for making it possible. Art comes from life, and my paintings are no different. Seascapes just don’t look right without a boat in the distance, and I’m grateful for that bias. May you have lots of boats in your future.
I wish you fair winds and following seas, friend.
This one is tiny, practically, only five by seven inches. The lady practically lept off the paint though. I will have to revisit her again. She was a fun visitor, and oil painting is a good medium for her.
I’ve been rereading some of W. B. Yeats’ poetry. Heres a piece that seems particularly fitting and appealing right now; just make sure you come back afterward. The world needs you awake and present.
“Come away, O human child!
To the waters and the wild
With a faery, hand in hand,
For the world’s more full of weeping than you can understand.”
-W. B. Yeates, The Collected Poems of WB Yeats
The Museum of Modern Art in New York City runs a youtube channel. In it, they show how some of the most famous artists of the last century painted their iconic works. The one I’ve linked below shows how Yayoi Kusama painted her mural sized Infinity Net. In the process of painting the sample, I was able to get a glimpse of the mind of Kusama. This art isnt exactly my cup of tea, but I got a lot out of watching over the artist’s shoulder.
The featured image is one of my watercolor paintings, inspired by Yayoi Kusama.
I doodle as a relaxation method. And, it works! Science says you can get a lot of benefit out of it even if you think you’re no good. And we all know science doesn’t ever steer us wrong right? Besides, this is an excuse to play with colors and not have to be productive for a few minutes. In other words, its like playing solitare with byproducts.
If you get a chance today, go check out Khan Academy’s excellent video about this Aegean art. You can find that here. It is well worth the watch. I love those frescos. If i can create anything as half as beautiful and timeless as these are, then my life will be well spent.