I have a barely functioning brain this morning, as the senior adult fell at about 1 a.m. and it was after 4:30 before I got to sleep and then had to be back up for the day job at 6:30, so I thought I’d share a few rough things from an art workshop I’m taking. And because I simply must get rid of some books, I’ll also make it a TBR giveaway.
The workshop is based on one of my favorite TV shows (actually one of the few shows of which I’ve never missed a single episode), “The Amazing Race.” Sigh. I do love Phil. The workshop is being offered by Sue Wojtkowski at Irreversibly Moi.
Anyway, the workshop “takes us” to five countries in three weeks and in each country, we do one or two mixed-media pieces that evokes that country for us. It has been fun. I’ve had some killer deadlines the last month, and the worse my deadlines get, the more I try to give myself an hour each day to do something that isn’t work.
If 2015 was the Year of Acrylics for me, 2016 is the Year of the Watercolor. A lovely friend send me some half-pan watercolors for Christmas year before last, and it took me a while to warm up to them. I’ve decided that watercolors are the terriers of the paint world. They are headstrong, difficult to control, will lull you into a false sense of security by behaving themselves for short periods, and then will go anywhere and everywhere they wish. LOL.
My favorite technique is to sketch in either carbon ink or india ink, let that dry, then do a loose watercolor over it. Except, of course, when I don’t.
First stop; CHINA
Carbon ink and watercolor, boy and cormorants:
India ink and acrylic, based on the work of
Chinese artist Hua Tunan–he’s amazing!
SECOND STOP: FRANCE
India Ink and watercolor
Graphite, india ink and watercolor:
India Ink, alcohol ink, watercolor
THIRD STOP: ITALY
I’ve been to Venice twice for Carnivale, so I had to go with a mask first! Alcohol ink and watercolor.
(Very loose and messy) carbon ink and watercolor:
Patterned after Sandro Botticelli’s Portrait of a Woman (1480-85), alcohol marker:
FOURTH STOP: GERMANY
I’ve been to gorgeous, gorgeous Neuschwanstein twice–both times in February. So I’ve only seen it in winter and snow. Carbon ink and watercolor, plus white acrylic “snow.”
And that’s it so far. One or two more stops in Germany–perhaps to Munich, where I’ve been a couple of times, or a study of a German artist–I’ve been looking at Kandinsky. Then the fifth country….what will it be? My guess is England, but we shall see in a few days! Of course now I want to do a full journal “visiting” countries around the world. That might have to be my 2017 project.
If you’ve visited a country outside your own, what was your favorite? Or if you could go anywhere, where would it be? I’ve been to England but would love to visit Scotland since most of my ancestors came from there. Maybe someday….Comment to be entered for a mystery TBR read!