My creative soul ebbs and flows in no particular fashion. I might spend months exploring a new medium or just hours. I will let a passion sleep while a new one awakens in me. So goes it now. I’ve cleared out the sewing nook and filled it with my watercolors and papers. Happily I find myself re-discovering the fluid properties of watercolor on paper and pallet.
Along the way it’s little things that inspire me to move in new directions. It might be something I see or read about. It could be the colors I see on a pineapple sitting on my countertop. How do I make the colors sing like that on paper? Traveling always inspires me. I am constantly hoping to capture the essence of what I see with a camera or paintbrush.
I saw a post last week about Cathy Johnson’s new book Artist’s Journal Workshop being available as an e book. I wasn’t sure about an art book read on the computer but I was delighted to find that I could read it easily and see all the beautiful images included. Along with my current explorations into watercolor and the desire to put some of Cathy’s ideas into action, I made a new watercolor sketchbook filled with 140# cp Kilimanjaro paper from Cheap Joe’s art supply and Ingres antique camel brown paper.
This first entry into the artist journal is my ‘get over the first page’ jitters sketch. I picked a loved and familiar subject and gathered my art supplies to sit under it’s shade while I played this morning. Enjoying the journey!