Monday, January 11, 2016

Turning Something Old into Something New

Who does not love going to the art supply store??? Some women like shopping for clothes and shoes—I love shopping for stationary supplies (pens and paper) and art supplies! (Or yarn, embroidery floss, fabric—depending on what I am into at the moment.) I admit I have way too much stuff and a lot of it is repetitive like 5 brands of watercolors. (Pelikan, Cotman in the tube, Cotman in the pan, Sennilier, and Schmincke) and 3 brands of gouache (Pelikan, The French School, Schmicke with a new set of Holbein Acryla on the way). Why do I waste so much money?

That is obvious… because I see what artists make with their supplies and I go out to buy the same stuff thinking my work will look as good as theirs. Simple and stupid! I bought all of those new watercolors because I wanted a travel set after I purchased the tubes, then I upgraded my travel set—twice. Not only that but I also have a Schmincke 12 ½ pan set for my bag and a 48 ½ pan set for the studio. Wow! Think about all of that money sitting on the shelf when I stop painting and start sewing again. And all of the gouache? I thought the gouache was cheap when really it was me who did not know how to use it. And now I want to try what everyone else recommends: acryla gouache.

I can never find the right sketchbook—either the paper is wrong, or the size, or the binding, or the orientation is wrong—or it is just too expensive for my budget. (Expensive paint is one thing, I will not spend the same comparatively on sketchbooks unless I absolutely love it.)

It is the same with ink for my fountain pen (Noodlers vs. DeAtramentis), colored pencils (Prismacolor, then Caran d’Ache, Derwent, and Faber Castell are all in my studio), watercolor crayons—E V E R Y T H I N G. So now the fun begins.

I am trying out my different supplies to learn their best qualities. I don’t see myself giving much away as I am not only pretty attached to my stuff, but know I will want to try that particular brand of colored pencil if someone I admire hails its attributes.

Right now I am playing with gouache and learning to like it. I have been using only the paintbrush without drawing in the shape with pencil or outlining it with ink. I also moved away from using black in two of the paintings.
I am covering up pages in my sketchbook that I drew on with ink, but either made a mistake or did not like to drawing enough to finish it. That is the drawing you see behind the painting. So I am turning old drawings, using old supplies into new work.

Gouache.


Gouache.

Gouache and colored pencils.


Neocolor II by Caran d'Ache watercolor crayons.

I had originally set this sketchbook up to complete exercises for my Liz Steel class, but then started doing finished paintings and did not like to unfinished "bad" drawings in the book. Perfect pages to play with old art supplies.

Baci e abbracci