Saturday, August 1, 2009
Two years and running
Yesterday was this blog's second anniversary, and I was planning to put something bright and beautiful up to celebrate, but nothing's going quite right here at the moment. Besides infuriating tangles with officialdom and red tape (I'm feeling great sympathy for the chap who held up a Home Affairs office until they issued him with an ID document that he had been waiting for for ten years!) it's turned from cold, to cold and wet, stymieing my plans to sit in the garden and paint these determined daffodils that have raised their cheerful heads in spite of the weather.
So I took a photograph and decided to try out, at last, the sheet of yupo that Rhonda sent me. I set about on my usual way of wet watercolour with loose brushstrokes... whoa!... things didn't go the way I was expecting them to at all. It is a whole new ballgame, and my rushed, impatient manoeverings of paint on the slippery surface produced some horrible mud. I badly need to go to some of Sandy Maudlin's workshops, be sat down and told to relax, take it slowly, investigate and take advantage of the special qualities which yupo patently has. The image on the left was taken before I added darks to the petals to show their forms, which was such a disaster that I've cropped it to a small section that wasn't quite as awful as the rest - I don't want my blog-birthday post to be ugglesome now do I!?
Actually, this exercise has demonstrated clearly to me that I am rushing through far too many things, especially as far as painting goes, lately. The positives that have come from A Sketch in Time have been so many - the community I've met, the sharing and exchanging of ideas and a common passion, the incentive to go out and draw/paint/sketch instead of... not, the examining and discovery of what really interests me and what doesn't, but, although it's now living up to its name far more now - lots more sketches of the moment and fewer old works - it's all got a bit frantic. So if I have a resolution for the next year of A.S.I.T. it's to slow down, take time to get lost, and hopefully found again - you'll be seeing how it goes!