Its so cyclical

I kept the theme of last week going, working with acrylic and trying to ride the momentum of that feel good studio stuff. After painting Subterranean I wanted to dive right into the next painting, and I created Super Flora. I am really enjoying the viscus nature of the paint, it feels different from my watercolors, but similar at the same time. Like with watercolor my emphasis is always on color, and the immediate satisfaction of mixing color. The difference is that with the acrylics I can just paint over the areas I am annoyed with. Sometimes my color choices just aren't harmonious- often times that occurs when I should just go outside for a hike rather than stay in the studio- a constant battle especially when I have deadlines. I find that if I am making bad color choices or I can't make connections in my painting (its usually immediately obvious) its better if I go outside and take the day off, coming back fresh the next day. Sometimes it means just organizing all the files on my hard drive instead of painting cause there is always something productive I could do to be a better small business owner. Since I work a full time job, there isn't always a next day in the studio for a day or two, so its hard for me to make the decision to step away. With watercolor that can sometimes mean ruining a painting by just overworking it, or working on it on an off day. With acrylic it means I can just paint over the portion I messed up.

Super Flora on the left, and Subterranean on the right. Each measures 16x20 inches.

Super Flora on the left, and Subterranean on the right. Each measures 16x20 inches.

That being said, I am not stopping my watercolors, I am actually still using them, but in a more controlled and planned way. My painting for the upcoming show at Spoke Art in New York for their annual Bad Dads show is an example of that. I really love watercolor and I am not giving it up, I am just allowing myself the room to experiment so I can figure out new ways of working.  Sometimes allowing for that freedom feels very wild- and other times it feels like exactly what I need.

My painting for Bad Dads is going to be based on his movie Moonrise Kingdom- its a big map of the island but I want it to feel very flat and also not to scale- very graphic and whimsical like viewing Wes Andersons movies- but also retain some of my aesthetic by using watercolor and gouache. I started out with graphite sketches of the landmarks and important/fun details. Then I did a small watercolor painting just to get an idea of material and how it will all look, and then I moved into a large 22 x 30 version but it was on cold press and I didn't feel like the texture was what I was looking for in this painting, I was liking the original small version better than the new large one, so I set the cold press aside and began again, bringing down the scale a bit and going back to hot press paper. I am really excited about the results so far and I can't wait to start working in the landmark details in gouache.

Next week Im finishing up my preparations for SF Zine Fest, and I'll have more to tell you about my new Zine of the Month Club Subscription series.

You can see a bit of the difference between the hot press (top) and cold press (bottom) or maybe you can't and Im just losing my mind!

You can see a bit of the difference between the hot press (top) and cold press (bottom) or maybe you can't and Im just losing my mind!