A Loose Portrait in Gouache

Hi friends! Isn’t the week between Christmas and New Years Day odd? It’s kind of a surreal time where it’s OK to drift along from druther to druther and take a break from the normal grind. (BTW if you don’t know what a “druther” is, it’s something you would rather do. For instance: If my child had his druthers he’d eat chocolate for dinner. I believe it is a contractions of “I would rather” but it could also be a Maine thing.) Today I washed palettes. I fussed around my studio and reorganized a few things. I think it’s good to move your supplies around to inject some energy and shake the dust off. It’s also good to evaluate whether or not you are going to finish those UFOs (unfinished objects) that you have become clutter blind to and also honestly determine if you will actually use those leftover products you have kept out in sight so you don’t forget about them. You see, the road to hell is paved with good intentions. We intend to use up every bit of a supply so we leave it out to remind us, we gather supplies and put them together in plain sight ready to craft or we start a project and we leave it out to inspire us but sometimes we lose steam or realize that this craft really doesn’t suit us. The longer those supplies sit untouched the more we are reminded that we didn’t get it done. Don’t bring that baggage into the new year. For me that means going through the project trays of ideas I had and putting the supplies back into regular storage so I can use them for other things and donating supplies I know I won’t use. Do you reset your home or art supplies for the new year?

I didn’t film a sketchbook Sunday today but I realized that I forgot to blog last Sunday’s project so here it is! This painting was so fun to paint using gouache on tan mixed media paper! You can find a real-time tutorial for this in Critique club. *Critique club is a membership club that gives you access to 2 new real time intermediate/advanced tutorials in a range of media and access to past tutorials (currently there are 24 lessons.) In addition you can upload up to 2 paintings you are working on per month for a critique from me so you can grow and improve as an artist. You get all of this for $5 a month and you can cancel anytime. Learn more here.

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I was wondering since I am tidying up an rearranging if you would like a new studio tour when I am done. I was also thinking about doing a video on how to set up a studio in an unfinished basement since I have been using this space for 13 years and have come up with a lot of tips and tricks to keep comfortable and keep my supplies safe and workable in a 4 season climate. I am a big believer in finding that unused (unwanted by anyone else) space in your home and making a creative retreat. Where do you create?

Well, that’s all for me for tonight. I hope you are having a nice weekend and til next tie happy creating!

11 thoughts on “A Loose Portrait in Gouache

  1. Yeah Lindsay! I would love video directions to set up an art working space in an unfinished basement since that is where I am chained up most days. Lol Bring it girl! Bring it! Love studio tours as well. These are eye candy to an artist. Omg, did I just call myself an artist? Wheeee

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  2. I only have a closet for a studio with roller out carts and drawer carts! Too much furniture in extra room and Looms, trunks of yarn, and fabric. But I reorganize my closets and textile room and then forget where i put things.. LOL + Hubby is home and is too distracting to do some painting he interrupts me too much, so i reorganize or buy more stuff that’s not good! EEKS I do get out things put into a bin for a project i want to do, then there they sit for months. Maybe there should be a study about the psychology of being creative. LOL

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    1. I have a hubby like yours (distracting) and mine is retired from work and home ALL the time. I just had to comment because I get what you’re saying. Take care and God bless.
      Sincerely Becky B from Arkansas

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    2. The psychology of crafters is that we see potential in everything so want to keep and make stuff with it LOL!

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  3. Yes, please. Another studio tour with tips and tricks. This would be greatly appreciated. Thank you for all you do. Take care and God bless.
    Sincerely Becky B from Arkansas

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  4. Yep–MN druthers too…what a lovely post. sooo appreciate you–feed my soul!

    On Sun, Dec 29, 2019 at 6:18 PM The Frugal Crafter Blog wrote:

    > thefrugalcrafter Lindsay Weirich posted: ” Hi friends! Isn’t the week > between Christmas and New Years Day odd? It’s kind of a surreal time where > it’s OK to drift along from druther to druther and take a break from the > normal grind. (BTW if you don’t know what a “druther” is, it’s something > you w” >

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