I hope you are doing something you love today! I spent most of the day outside in the sun. First out walking the dog and then lounging in the backyard reading old watercolor and scrapbooking magazines. It was lovely! Happy crafting!
Hi friends! For this weeks Sketchbook Sunday (or apparently random art time-lapse) I have a still life I painted from stuff I had at home. This is the latest in my Quarantine Still Life series.
I really enjoyed painting this, while painting this I binge watched Little Fires Everywhere on Hulu. Great show! It took me 3 hours to paint, it probably would have taken half that amount of time if I was not distracted by listening to the show but it was a fully enjoyable experience so I have no regrets! My daughter Maizy likes this painting so much she wants to hang it in her room, that’s pretty cool I think! Here’s the video!
Supplies can be found in my signature kit at Jerry’s Artarama! Feel free to use any supplies you have on hand. This painting would be easiest in oils or gouache but acrylics would be fine too, I would recommend Open acrylics or a slow-drying medium tho. Below is a photo I tool of the still life.
I hope you are having a nice weekend! And remember when life gives you lemons, paint them! Happy crafting!
Hi Friends! It is a snowy Sketchbook Sunday here in Maine! I just got back from walking the beast (aka Penny puppy) and I have to say that one of the benefits to having a very high energy dog is that you must get outside everyday whether you want to or not LOL! Winters are hard on me. I am someone who tends to feel cold a lot of the time and the short days can do a number on anyone’s state of mind. Also the lack of sun gives most of us in this neck of the woods a vitamin D deficiency. I tend to fall into the “Everything I create is garbage” spiral this time of year. Last year was really bad and I am trying my best to redirect and stay out of the dark and icy grip of winter artist block. In today’s video you will see the first attempt (the bad pancake art I like to call it) and how I redirected to create a better painting. I might go back and try to save the bad pancake but I know when I am in a certain frame of mind I need to change tack completely and start something new or I will just end up sad and frustrated. How do you cope with creative block? Do you find it harder to create during certain seasons?
Probably many of you are thinking “why don’t you take a break and come back when you feel inspired?” That’s probably very good advice for some people. I did take a week off from filming from Christmas Day to New Years Eve and 2 out of the 3 things I filmed on New Years Day were absolute junk. So many bad pancakes haha! I think, with me, art is like excersize. You don’t go from working out every day to being a couch potato and expect to hit the ground running a week later. Even when I take a proper vacation I sketch and watercolor for my enjoyment. During this week off at home I cleaned, read and organized (organizing is probably my biggest hobby after crafty stuff) but any time I sat down to paint for fun I felt like the well was empty and instead of pushing through or just drawing anything I decided to procrasticlean…boy, you’d think my house would be gleaming wouldn’t you? LOL! I don’t know if my tale of woe will be a help to anyone reading this but if it does then I’m glad. I don’t know of any creative person who doesn’t suffer from an unmotivated apathy from time to time. You just need to figure out the best way for you to deal with it. For me, the only way out is through as you will see in today’s video.
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Watercolors (Art Creations by Royal Talens) *Let me know if you would like a review on these!
Accordion sketchbook (Hahnemuehle)
Brushes & Carry Case (Royal & Langnickle) Watercolor Pencils (Bruynzeel)
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Thanks for spending a bit of your weekend with me and til next time happy painting!
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.
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!
Hi friends! I am so excited to share this painting with you today because I had so much fun painting it!
I filmed and narrated the entire 2+ hour duration of this painting and you can find that tutorial in Critique Club. The tutorial is broken up into 6 smaller segments so you can easily take breaks and not lose your place. There are so many techniques in this painting that can be applied to other watercolor paintings as well. Critique Club is a monthly membership that costs $5 a month and you can cancel anytime. While you are a member you can access any of the past real-time lessons that are longer and more advanced to what I post on YouTube. In addition each month you get a creative prompt and you can upload up to two paintings you are currently working on for feedback on so you can grow and improve as an artist. It is my hope that this customized feedback, or critique, can help you become the best artist you can be! This is a gentle community of artists wanting to learn. Click here to learn more about Critique Club or enroll today!
Now for the Sketchbook Sunday Time Lapse!
Supplies: (Affiliate links used)
Watercolors (Paul Rubens) Ultramarine, Burnt Umber, Burnt Sienna, (Light red, English red or Indian red), Sap green, yellow ocher and Cobalt teal *All colors are in the 24 set except cobalt teal which is in the 48 set if you want to splurge (it’s a great deal if you want a lot of colors) I used a stick of Cobalt Teal from Daniel Smith on mine because I got my 24 set of paint before the 48 set came out.
I hope you enjoyed this painting and I hope it inspires you to draw or paint something with lots of texture soon! Remember you can find the real time tutorial in Critique Club if you are interested. Enjoy the rest of your weekend and til next time happy creating!