So it’s been a busy week already…it’s only Wednesday! Whoa! The week is flying though. I have so many projects on the go! I spent some time this week making tiny little paintings for Argyle Fine Art‘s Pre-Shrunk Show which is happening downtown Halifax THIS Friday night from 7-9pm! If you are around you should stop by and check out the amazing talent that this city has to offer! Pre-Shrunk is basically a huge group show that asks local artist to submit works of any medium, but the one rule is that the works have to measure 4″x5″. I always think..”Oh! That’s so tiny, no biggie!”, but painting small is just as challenging, if not more, as painting large scale! I really struggled with subject matter, and because I’m really out of practice painting it took me an extra while to get back into using acrylics. Like anything, if you don’t practice you get rusty. I suppose I’ve been spending most of my time lately with watercolour and pen, making nice clean lines. Illustration is soo different than painting, but I suppose you could sort of combine the two, and in a way I think I may have done that in some of these paintings.
Eek! It was a day of ups and downs! At one point I almost gave up, I had painted over these tiny little canvases many times, struggling with colour and subject, and it was getting late! In the end I just told myself to relax, have FUN, think of colour and get er’ done! If there’s one thing I’ve learned as an artist is that there is no giving up on yourself. I kept thinking how I could never abandon all the years I’ve spend drawing and painting. It’s definitely some kind of a funny relationship. You can’t neglect it, you have to feed it to keep it growing, and you have to know when to step back for a minute and get out of your head! Thinking too much about what you’re doing while trying to be creative can really hinder your growth! I always find it’s the times in which I’m just allowing myself to mess around, and sort of daydream as I doodle, are the times I make the most interesting and unexpected stuff.
Well…hope everyone has a great week! We are getting ANOTHER huge snow storm here on the East Coast, so I plan to stay cozy in my giant sweater, drink lots of tea, and get a ton of work completed!