I am not totally out of the Doldrums yet, but I think the wind is starting to pick up.
The next thing I am going to say may not be entirely professional of me, but I have my reasons and I think you may forgive/understand my predicament. I am temping somewhere I have been before. There are times when the role can be very busy, but the rest/most of the time it is as slow as a tortoise. As my pay is at the minimum wage, so are my duties. Basically, I just answer the phone and deal with queries and take messages. I am qualified and capable of doing more, but I am not being paid to do more, so I don’t, and I haven’t been asked. In the meantime, in-between answering calls, I look at world news. World news is quite depressing. After a couple of days of catching up with The Guardian Online and BBC News, I start to get depressed and angry. So I started reading art blogs. Reading art blogs cheers me up and because I can’t make art at work, I get inspired to make art at home. Remember, I am NOT a doodler. I don’t doodle. So, no art at work!
Reading one blog has led me to reading another, and since I have free time I have been reading the blog from back to front. I am in year 2009. I am currently reading Carla Sonheim’s blog. I just love her quirky style. While reading her blog I remembered something. I remembered that I also heard of her from a blogger I follow, Jill Kuhn. Jill has been doing some of her online classes. Jill also has a quirky sense of humor that I love. While looking at the free stuff on Carla’s blog, I came across a tutorial that I knew I could do and thought it would kick-start me into getting me out of the Doldrums.
So, I got out my watercolors. Right? I didn’t think I would see them anytime soon, but I do have so many pretty colors. If you don’t have watercolors, you can use ink or add water to your acrylics.
I just followed the tutorial that I will have a link to at the end of this post. The one on the right I made with the end of a Romaine Lettuce. I know, the dog usually gets it but he stole a burger from the counter and so I painted with it instead.
I think these actually look better scanned than in real life. I used pencil in the first and last one and colored pencils for the middle one. I used Gamboge for the first and third as a wash and a pink for the middle one. I didn’t do any erasing as I quite like the dark areas of pencil.
Things I learned.
- I might make fewer marks to start with.
- In saying number 1, I might not make so many lines with the back of my brush after painting on the Gesso and use the pencil more.
- It might be a good idea to look at some flowers first to work out some other shapes.
The most important thing that happened was that I got excited about what I was doing. I was following a process. Sometimes I need someone to tell me what to do. (Don’t tell my husband that though!) In following someone else’s process, I learned what works and doesn’t work for me. I also discovered a cool way to make lily pads!
If you want to try this yourself, visit Carla’s website here. Thanks for stopping by!