Since the 2019 started, I’ve been dipping my toes back into creating art. I have to say that I’m so glad to be doing this again and I wish I did this sooner. I’ve been spending so much time with my paints and pens that I decided to create a little art blog attached to my website. Lately my Instagram page, which is normally filled with mostly tarot, has been getting a bit taken over by ink and paint but I’ve been wanting to write more info about what I’m creating.
I’m sure I’m not alone in this, but I’ve really been wanting to find myself again since having my daughter 10 years ago. I stopped painting in 2009 since most of my free time was now dedicated to a tiny being. Since then, I’ve really felt that I lost a part of my identity and to be honest, I wasn’t sure what exactly I had lost. Hard to explain, but being “Mom” for 10 years can really push that identity out of the way and make you forget just who you really are… aside from being a mom.
Long story short, I’m really glad to be getting back to painting and sketching. I’m still gathering up new art supplies, I have to totally start fresh in that department. Most of my original paintings from years ago were damaged in our storage when our water heater burst - that still makes me cringe.
I decided to try out watercolors about a week ago, they’re something I’ve wanted to play more with. I’ve only worked mainly with acrylic and oil, it’s where I’m most comfortable. I picked up a small Winsor & Newton Watercolor Pocket set (12 half-pan) and a cheap 140 lb watercolor sketchbook. Since then, I’ve added quite a bit more to my supply drawer and have been consistently trying new techniques daily. Oddly enough, I’ve come to love my Pentel water brush a lot more than all the brushes I’ve been stocking up on, go figure.
On a whim, the other day I decided to give my hand at urban sketching and instantly fell in love with the messy and quickness of it. I’m a massive perfectionist and while I love drawing, I tend to get too caught up in all the lines being perfect and things being just right. So, I sat at my dining table and started sketching out a quick drawing of our messy kitchen going by the “rules” of just getting what I saw on paper. Then layered some watercolor and I was instantly obsessed! It’s always good to try different techniques and styles, see what feels right, this indeed feels really good. Doing this style of sketch and paint really relaxed me and helped me set aside my perfectionism so that I could just focus on getting what I saw on paper. I was also pleasantly surprised at how my sketches turned out after adding some color.
Anyways, I just wanted to make a first “quick” post on this new mini blog to get the ball rolling! I’m not sure how often I plan to update it or if I will even keep it here on my website - I’ve thought about moving it to a Wordpress or Blogger platform for free but since I’m already paying for Squarespace… why not just use this!