I finished Sulis (hooray! I'll be putting her in the Goddess Gallery soon) and I've been working on something different.
Since year two of Uni, I've been working in watercolour - I fell into it and loved it as previously I was an oil painter, which is a difficult, smelly and messy business. I like clean. Tasty clean. 

Watercolour is gorgeous - it's fresh and clean, vibrant and you can do lots of tiny details. You can do it, then leave it, and come back to it. However, it has downfalls as well, and the main one for me is that it brings out my perfectionist streak. Because you can't change anything once you have done it, it has to be perfect the first time around. Gah! Terror. And to keep it clean and beautiful, you have to be very careful and clever. And while it's excellent being clever, it gets a bit tiresome being careful all the time and it looses it's fun. 

I want to enjoy painting. I don't want to start something and then spend 30 hours finishing it, and putting it off because it's all getting so tiresome. 

So currently taped to my desk is an exercise in fun. It's a mermaid portrait of me (yes I really am that beautiful) and i stuck all the things I have found fun from my last few projects. Gold ink? Check. Mixed media? Check. Lots of pink? Check. Stabby painting technique? Check. Time limit? Check. Goddamn MERMAIDS?! Oh hells yes.  
Time to rip it off, trim it down and start a new one. 

Leave a Reply.