|Cover art on Strathmore Visual Journal|
How does the changing of the seasons affect my art?
I tend to work with a limited color palette and usually prefer saturated colors. But looking back at the past winter months I see that I played a lot with softer colors, especially aqua. Maybe a desire to be at a warm beach during the long cold winter was influencing me.
Lately, I've been experimenting with bright green. Today's project was to embellish the covers of a Strathmore Visual Journal. They have a tough, shiny cover that I sanded to give more tooth for the paint. Then I applied gesso that I distressed with waxed paper. While the gesso was wet, I lay a piece of waxed paper on the surface and lifted it off. The gesso dried with an irregular texture.
Next, I painted a thin layer of lime green paint on the surface and dabbed some off with damp cheese cloth.
The special seasonal touch to this cover came from the leaf masks. A short storm left bunches of leaves and twigs on the ground yesterday. I picked up a few and pressed them over night.
I laid the leaves on the covers and sprayed a couple colors of diluted Liquitex Acrylic Ink.
I really like the results of this project so far and have started a similar project on canvas.
This crusade has me thinking about the influence the seasons have on my work and I can use that awareness.
When I get stuck for inspiration, I can let the unique qualities of the season spark ideas. The bright green that I'm working in seemed too intense when the ground was covered with snow. But now the outdoors is bursting with green and it just seems natural to be working with it.