Donnerstag, 15. Juni 2017
I've been keeping up with the galaxy watercolor challenge. The one above is a Shakespeare quote.
For the above, I combined challenges. The prompt for the galaxy one was "red and yellow" and another was "sun", so I couldn't resist putting those together. With some Victor Hugo, of course.
This poem always makes us laugh:
Scintillate, scintillate, globule vivific!
In vain do I ponder thy nature specific--
Precariously poised in the ether capacious,
Closely resembling a gem carbonaceous;
Scintillate, scintillate, globule vivific,
In vain do I ponder thy nature specific!
Pleeeeease tell me you get it...
The above prompt was "metallics" and I do not have a fancy metallic watercolor palette that is so popular right now (sooo expensive!), so I used some mica shimmer powders that I have. It was hard to control, and was drying too fast, so I didn't get it blended quite right, but it was fun to play with.
And then, sometimes, there are good ideas (well, that's questionable) that go bad.
This one just kept getting worse. It was my first try for the "metallic" prompt, and I did a blue galaxy, then tried to layer it with acrylics and make it into a mixed media piece. I used some texture paste that I tried to write on when it dried... and it is just awful in so many ways. Messy, sloppy, and poorly laid out. Oh well-- win some, loose some. Most mixed media artists would probably just say it needs more layers... lots more layers... like to cover it all up, I'm thinking.
And today's prompt was "circle" and I was trying to be creative, but... meh. Not really the effect I was going for. Not enough luminescence, too much "mud". I really should not have used staining pigments for this, and should have worked wetter for more blending. It's been really hot here and I'm noticing my watercolor dries super fast and it's been hard to get dark and blendy at the same time.
Evan was watching me this time and wanted to try his own. It is fun to make art with the kids, even if a galaxy Venn diagram wasn't the best thing I ever came up with!