The packing continues. And continues. In fact, I feel like it might never end. Today I started to see some progress in the studio, and in fact I cleaned off my clay table and my bead bench pretty thoroughly. Ziplock bags are my friends, and I will be hiring a handy high school student to come sort beads and findings for me, once I get settled. I have to admit that several slush bowls just got dumped into bags, but I am trying hard to sort carefully.
Breaks are good things, and I’m taking lots of ‘em. Internet breaks, painting breaks, class breaks…
I’m doing this course online with Val Webb that’s pretty fantastic. Watercolor lettering. This week we’re learning to do simple botanical borders and words made from our own cursive.
This is a go at some borders. I’ve got a lot of practice to do, obviously, but I’m starting to get the hang of it and I am REALLY enjoying the watercolors. I’m using M Herman watercolor pigment, it’s made with honey, and Val has us limited to 5 primary colors (two blues, two reds and a yellow). We’re learning to mix up the colors we need, as we go, from the primary palette.
Also learning to work off limited palettes in my Mastering Twinks class with Dion Dior.
Here she had us use the 4 triads from our primary color wheel and mix up the colors we needed to do this simple piece. TONS of fun, and the mica really made it interesting.
I think the coolest thing about this kind of coursework is when you begin to see the glimmers of all the things you don’t know. When you see beyond the veil and start to grok pieces that you might want to pick up now. Proportion, relationships between objects, size, hue, color value, how the color wheel really works, remembering that two and two make four and cadmium yellow and pthalo blue make a brighter green than if you used ultramarine instead… stuff like that.
It’s a really fun exploration and it makes me want to keep going further. Art can be so inspiring and nourishing! I’m grateful for all the coursework that’s available online, in books, and sometimes just floating out there on the web for free.
And it gives me something to think about, besides packing.
That is all to the good.