Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Trying to Channel Jackson Pollock!!!

I'm still feeling the need for re-charging the batteries but I managed to do a page in my art journal yesterday. I have started painting backgrounds in the journal I recently made....the one where I put the paper on upside down! I figured I might as well use it and see how I like the size and the paper. So far, so good.

As usual, I can't seem to get the colors to come out right when I scan it but when I tried taking a photograph the colors were worse! So here is the scanned version....

What I don't like is, there are lots of layers in the background and most of them don't show up in the scan. Also the circles are a very bright hot pink but they show pale and washed out....at least you can see I am working a little bit. Just nothing very interesting or very original right now.

One more day until Mystele's class begins. Can you tell I'm excited about this?!! I am in love with her art! HB and I were talking last night about how it's difficult for me to really loosen up and get messy with my art. It's still much too structured and neat for my taste but I can't seem to break out of that box I've been in for most of my life.

image from the internet

I like crisp, clean lines when I draw and I tend to do the same when I paint. It was very eye-opening when HB and I went to The Norton Simon Museum back in June. I was looking at a Picasso painting that had lots of raggedy edges on his paint when you looked closely but when you stood back from it the edges seemed nice and neat. I thought after seeing that, that I might get less concerned with my edges but so far that hasn't happened!!

How have you learned to loosen up? Or are you like me?

Also one problem I have is my studio space. It's not very big and it has carpet on the floor (it's just an extra bedroom) so I'm always careful when I paint. I wish I had a space where I could fling paint around!! I think I could really get into that kind of painting! Be like Jackson Pollock!

image from the internet

Maybe I could channel Jackson and find out how he started....did he have to be neat and tidy when he was younger?

I've considered putting a drop cloth down but I don't think that would be enough if I really got into slinging paint! I'm sure the walls and ceiling would also get "painted" and that wouldn't be good. So until we move or figure out someplace else to put my studio I am stuck being somewhat neat in the way I paint. Jackson will just have to wait!

I hope you have a good day....one that's full of sunshine and blue skies and love....