I know, you never really missed me – but I ended up taking a very long blog sabbatical. Every night after work I would come home and say, “tonight I will work on my blogs” then end up vegging out and going to bed.
Even though I haven’t been writing, I have been creating arts and craft pieces and as always, taking lots of photos. Now I feel inspired to write again.
So on with Today’s Topic!
I belong to a few online art groups. Two of the groups are local, but I also belong to one that has membership from all over the globe. They are a very active, very supportive group of women. They also have monthly challenges and monthly online workshops.
This month’s challenge is abstract painting and we are to create 3 postcard sized abstract paintings. The smaller size is to lessen that blank canvas phobia feeling we can get when starting a new project. Once the postcards are done, we will mail them to the group administrator for a swap.
I’ve never intentionally created abstract art before, but the backgrounds I create for my art journals are all very abstract-y so it ended up a very easy and fun project.
Here is the final result:
I decided to call this one Spring Meadow
Reflections in the Water
I just used my Dr. Ph Martin watercolors, some water-soluble spray inks, and a little gesso. One cool thing I discovered about gesso is, if you apply it over water colors, the paints bleed through creating a softer color.
To be entirely honest, I did not actually plan on painting a sunset, I just played with the paint until it seemed completed; then decided that it looked like a sunset. Probably a backwards way of working – but I can be very contrary (it’s from being a southpaw AND an Aries!)
Now all I need to do is get them in the mail and wait to see what I will be getting in return…