Monday, October 15, 2012
Lately I've been having kind of a bad attitude (a really bad attitude), but you know what, I'm feeling better. It's bound to happen with job struggles and the likes, but honestly I know I can do better as far as feeling grouchy goes, and I can definitely do better as far as my art goes. It's weird, with the new season and with pulling up the summer garden and planting the new Fall-Winter one (which is very exhausting), I feel like I'm rebooting myself. Which is something I've needed to do.
So, I've been up to a lot of things, but here's the art I've actually photographed: I found some butterfly specimen thing on the wall in the corner of a room I had never really looked at before. So I decided to paint the dead butterfly specimens, which is kind of morbid but also kind of fun. My favorite color blue dried up, because my acrylic had a hole in the tube--which was actually really painful for me, it's a super expensive blue and now I'm like... really sad about it (in the above picture you can see where I stopped to go and mourn about my blue). But butterflies!
I made a very little one to sell. I've come to realize that people aren't willing to buy anything over 50 dollars. Most paintings are several hundred dollars. So, I've listened, therefore, 4 inch square painting.
And a shameless plug, I've been doing illustrations for a little magazine called XI (aka Eleven) and it's about soccer and the history of--and it came out the other week. So if you know any soccer people--refer it or if you are a soccer person, go and buy it, because we want these guys to continue making these issues; it's an intellectual and a collectible zine. They'll have their second issue out in a few months from now.
More little framed paintings I developed with the transient art collector in mind--fits anywhere, easy to maintain, very cheap but still original art, collectible, and can be given as gifts. Also I wanted to try out a pour technique with encaustic medium. It was fun, not exactly the look I was going for, but I think the thick, oily texture gives it some more richness. I feel a little at odds on how it pools at the sides, but some part of me likes that--it is wax, after all.
Posted by Rachel J at 2:28 PM