Last weekend was cold & rainy, perfect for playing with my art supplies on the enclosed porch– listening to the rain, watching the birds chase one another, & looking at all my colored pencils, paints, & markers. On this grey day, I needed color.
It’s so hard for me to decide what to play with first. I’m addicted to it all… opaque watercolors, Prismacolor pencils, paint markers, acrylics, metallic ink,… the list is endless! I feel like a child in a toy store every time I enter an art supply shop. Don’t even ask me about handmade papers, soft bristle brushes, & sketchbooks. My imagination takes flight just thinking of the possibilities.
After a few moments of contemplation, I decided to use the opaque watercolors, fine tip markers, acrylics, & a corrective pen on bristol board. My objective: simply to PLAY. I used some of the techniques Alisa Burke mentions in her on-line class “The Art of Abstraction” and combined them with other techniques that spring to mind as the color spreads across the white paper.
Here are the results.
These pieces are intentionally quick & emotional, quite unlike my usual collages & paintings. By playing with the materials rather than starting with a plan (a vision of the finished piece in my mind), I could let things just happen. I could be surprised. I could have FUN.
When is the last time you had fun for fun’s sake? Set some time aside soon.