The Geographic :: Week Three

Blank canvases + clean slates felt good last week, but this week? Well, they felt a little intimidating.

So I dug in.

Painted on nine of them during the first part of the week.


Created a color palette that I would use for the Valley Ford paintings.

Decided I would name each painting based on the words I'd been accumulating in my art journal for the project over the last few months.

No. 1 - Dry


No. 2 - Not yet named and has morphed into an experimental test canvas. 


No. 3 - Blackout


No. 4, 5, 6, 7 + 8 are not named yet.


No. 9 - is another experimental canvas that I'm playing around with using liquid acrylics and I will explore a color palette for the Bodega Bay series of paintings.


Talking with my Professor this week, we talked about falling down the rabbit-hole of inspiration that is Instagram and she suggested taking a break from it and self-referencing my own work and style. 

This made a lot of sense to me because I have been feeling a lot of visual over-stimulation lately. I'm inspired by EVERYTHING and that feels overwhelming.


Looking at my own drawings and work I've done at home would be a good place to start. She also suggested I consider my own personal style; from what I choose to wear for color to the shapes of my accessories. I agree that I need to develop a style as a painter, so if I self-reference and figure out what I like and why, then I can develop a confidence around that. This makes sense to me.


Originally I thought these landscapes would be abstract, but resemble real landscapes - now I'm not so sure. Perhaps the landscapes I'm exploring are more the landscapes of my mind or my memories - darker and really abstract in nature. 

 I don't know where it's headed, but I do know that it has to evolve on its own.


No. 9, 10, 11 (from the bottom up) are more Bodega Bay experiments using liquid acrylics. 


No. 2 - by the end of the week, my experimental "test canvas" morphed into this and I love it. I used a palette knife to apply the paint in horizontal bands and like the effect, as well as the underpainting coming through the layers. I like the imperfections a bunch and think I'll try working with more horizontal layers in paintings No. 6, 7 and 8 next week.


These (above image) were the fruits of my labor during my second painting session of the week. 


No. 3 - Blackout - I applied a base of colors last week using an old plastic Anthropologie customer loyalty card (that looks like a credit card) as my make-shift paintbrush. Then I applied black circles using black Dr. Martin's Ink and a calligraphy pen + nib. I like how the circles are imperfect and wonky. 


By week's end, I felt like progress was made.

Blank canvases were no longer blank.

A color palette was being established.

Self-reflection had kicked into high gear.

Having 11 paintings in progress feels good. However, I'll need to go much bigger if I'm going to fill a few walls in a gallery come June, so next week I'll be purchasing much larger canvases and starting this process all over again.