Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Activate

I activate a new canvas today to further my paint/mark-making/pastels (pmmp) exploration.

A childhood counting rhyme comes to mind. I used to say it when I needed a little self-push to take initiative with one task or another. It'd give me a few moments' pause while reciting, and then the oomph to go when I got to the final word. I recite it today:

One for the money,
Two for the show,
Three to make ready,
And four to go!

I cut a sheet of 9x12" watercolor paper, tape it to a support, wet it with water, and rotate it multiple times as I work. I apply neutral paints, spray water to start drips, make marks with graphite crayon, use a sponge roller and white paint, scribble with a charcoal pencil, scribble with a gum eraser, use a brush to veil areas with white, make patterns with a texture sheet (thank you, Sheila!).

pmmp-2, work in progress

pmmp-2, work in progress

pmmp-2, work in progress

pmmp-2, work in progress

pmmp-2, work in progress



5 comments:

  1. Love neutrals, love starts, love scribbles, love pmmp!!

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    1. Thank you, Carol! I feel exactly the same way and couldn'ta said it better myself : )

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  2. Thanks Dotty for sharing so many progress photos with us. Always so interesting to see how others work, and especially how Dotty works :) I love your scribbles and drips! And your veiling! I never think of doing that. Pure Dotty! LOVE the almost not there spotty dots!! Love this start and so glad you are having fun with the textures :) (thanks so much for the mention and the link ;)

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    1. Always glad to get affirmation for process shots, Sheila; thanks. I, too, find it so interesting to see how others work, to see what goes into the making. Veiling doesn't come naturally to me, believe me! Happy to mention your gift and link to you; those texture sheets are fun—they offer effects similar to a stencil but I find them easier to use.

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    2. I think so too Dotty, easier to use. Happy creating fearless one!

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