Monday, 26 November 2018
Saturday, 17 November 2018
I have managed to do some more work on the three watercolours I featured in my last post, which were barely started. I am about half way through these two now and decisions have to be made. I am at that point where I have to decide whether to carry on in the same direction to the end, or change something massively. For example I am debating whether to fill in the white space round the eyes, top and bottom, on the second one with very dark grey - black to make a stark contrast, or whether to keep it light. Really not sure what I am going to do yet. The portrait on the left is taking it's own course and I am sort of happy with the way that one is going. Some more fine line work on that one and I think I will be there. Loving the new muted palette!
Thursday, 15 November 2018
Here are some smaller watercolours in progress, which I have had on the back burner for a few weeks which have been calling my name this last week. My creative process works like this; I start several artworks at the same time and then perhaps carry on with one or two, doing more and more on those - sometimes to conclusion, sometimes not. Everything then gets put away and the just started, or half finished pieces start to impose on my thinking. It's like a gnawing sensation, which gets stronger and stronger till I simply have to go back and do some more work on the pieces. It's been like this with these guys above over this last week or so. (Although I haven't yet done any further work on the large pieces I started around the middle of October! See my post Backgrounds Ready To Work On). Those larger guys are still in my portfolio waiting for some more brushstrokes. Maybe I will get those out too and do some further work on them at the same time as these smaller ones ....
Monday, 12 November 2018
I was most perturbed this week to hear from one of my buyers, who told me that her artwork had been 'bent double' into her mailbox by the Postie! Now I always try to make my packages 'bend proof' by making them think / stiff enough so they can't be bent, so I can only think that my customer's post man had forced the package over his knee to force it to bend. I always put plenty of thick sellotape round too, to make my parcels stiffer, as sellotape is difficult to bend when it's wide and stuck down To add insult to injury the customs form on the parcel clearly stated that the contents contained original artwork! Who would bend this???
My customer was very gracious about it, but I still felt awful, for her, and for myself - did I pack it well enough? I have been sending artwork all over the world for years and I've never had this happen before, so I doubt if it's my poor packing skills. However my lovely customer now has an artwork with a crease right down the middle. Not a good outcome. I wonder if she just got a rogue mailman that day - they can't all be that slap dash, at best, or wantonly destructive, at worst? So postal workers, please take care with our packages!!!
(The artwork above was not the artwork that was bent - illustrative purposes only.)