|'The road less travelled' - impasto acrylic on box canvas 5x5 inch|
This is a little landscape that I started before dogbite-gate all those many weeks ago. I started working on it again last week and it's been a process of adding paint and scraping paint off and adding more paint, which is often how I find my landscapes progressing. Although I like the texture, sometimes on the smaller canvasses it builds up too much and I find that if I scrape it back it reveals different layers of colour underneath and adds more interesting texture.
It's all very trial and error which is what I love about it and what is sometimes quite frustrating - you know that whole - 'this is awesome/this is tricky/this is shit/I am shit/this might be ok/this is awesome' process that every artist goes through. Well, I wouldn't say I reached the final 'this is awesome' stage with this one but a close enough 'this will do'!
In other news, I have resurrected the 'Jotter Doodle'. Sort of by accident. I decided that I should start sketching again as I never really do any sketches or quick studies at all. So I went to buy a new sketchbook in Tesco last week and as they were all sealed in cellophane I spent ages guessing which had ruled lines and which didn't. I finally bought one that appeared not to have. Until I got it home and unwrapped the cellophane and discovered it actually did. Not to be deterred I decided to use it for sketching anyway.
In the last few months I've really started using my Instagram account - I'd had it for a few years but only ever sporadically added any photos and then still wondered why I never got any new followers. So, I've been spending much more time there than on my Facebook page and I have to say I really love it. I've discovered so many great people, animals, books and yoga poses that I'll never in a million years be able to hold. So, I decided to sketch some of the very cute animals that I follow and so the 'Instadoodle' was born. (apologies, if you follow me on Instagram or Facebook you may have seen these already).
These are the ones I've done so far and I've got a list of other critters I want to sketch. These are all done using my new Derwent Graphik Liner pens which I totally love!
As for my arm, I was asked to call in to my Doctor on Tuesday to discuss the results of the x-ray I had taken two weeks ago just before I went back to Ireland on holiday. So, it turns out that it wasn't just a hairline fracture which the previous doctor had lead me to believe (the same one who insisted I didn't need an x-ray in the first place) it was actually a comminuted fracture which means the bone splintered in at least three pieces! Good to know. Anyway, after thinking it was on the mend last week, I may have overdone things and it is aching quite badly again now (although thankfully I can still paint!) I'm being referred to the fracture clinic at hospital now so hopefully, finally, I'll get some proper information on what I should or shouldn't be doing with it (that I'm not having to look up myself on Google) and will know for sure if it's healing properly and will eventually get back to normal. Sheesh.
That's all my news, I'll be linking to Paint Party Friday and will look forward as always to catching up with everyone and their new creations there.