There were a couple of sessions that I just could not bring myself to do on the day. This was one of them because it meant working with acrylics (not too bad). As I started to watch the video, however, I discovered I would be attempting to use new tools and I would be mixing a lot of colors.
This was a workshop that needed more than a bit of time in the midst of a busy day. I wanted quiet time, and I found a while early this morning.
I’m going to grade myself gently at a C+ or maybe a B-.
Then I remembered this is my sketchbook, so it is meant for experimentation and learning.
There were some supplies that I just didn’t have, and I didn’t have the experience to compensate. There was a point at which I had a fist full of palette knife and two paintbrushes while I was grabbing a tube of paint to squeeze another blob. It was chaotic, and there was no resurrecting the painting.
If it had been painted on a canvas, I would have painted over it already. Instead I set it aside to dry and wrote notes about the lessons I’d learned.
After you critique the work you do, step away for a while and then take another look.
In this case I was able to find three happy notes for myself. It assuages the frustration, and reminds me that nothing that happens in a sketchbook is all bad.
The final session was with the founder and organizer of Sketchbook Revival, Karen Abend (karenabend.com).
This was the 5th Sketchbook Revival—a notable time of celebration for Karen, and that was her theme “Creative Celebration With Characters”.
I was celebrating the new techniques and happy accidents I enjoyed along the way.
An extra page of watercolor blobs made in a different sketchbook during the “Blobs to Birds” workshop with Terry Runyan.
No birds, but the cats are ready and waiting.
Abbey Sy’s (abbeys.com) session “Collage Travel Jounaling” is my happy place but for one key point…I haven’t travelled anywhere in years! ARGH!
I’m the journal geek who starts her journal for a trip months before the actual trip, so all the anticipation and planning go in the journal too.
I ended up having some fun with ephemera from magazines. I cut an envelope flap in half to make “fickets” (fake tickets).
“Flight: 2,469,321. Time: 1ish or 2ish. Leaving: MKE. Arriving: We hope so!. Destination: Elsewhere.”
The return ficket: “Flight: 37,492,337.51. Time 2:29 am. Leaving: RRG. Arriving: That’s the plan, don’t jinx us! Destination: MKE.”
Then there are some photos from places I’ve never been. That said, I have absolutely sat in a park with a cup of coffee—in a lot of places actually.
I labeled the town street picture “Anywhere, U.S.A.” Then I saw the Main Street in the corner….of course it is.
Why not a picture of Mongolia? That piece of ephemera has been in my ephemera envelope for 13 years and 7 months (I have no idea how long, but it’s been a loooong time). It came out of a copy of National Geographic…they have great maps! I love maps. The Trip Not Taken travelogue page even says so. It must be true.
Viddhi Saschit (limitlessart.viddhi.in) instructed us in “Gouache Pattern Designs”.
This was a fun and relaxing exercise too, but I was working with acrylics since I don’t have any gouache.
Viddhi’s results were so clean edged. That would take practice and maybe less coffee.