I'm trying to break that habit.
Mostly because (especially when acrylics or hand-painting is involved) it takes *forever* for me to finish anything. It's not always a 'lazy' or a 'busy' thing either...sometimes I just need to step away from a project for a while, because more often than not my 'finished' work becomes 'unfinished' and I wind up adding to it. Also, sometimes I need to step away because I will start to try to cut corners to finish faster - sometimes I get ahead of myself. I'm never happy with the final product when that happens, so I've taught myself to step away when I feel myself 'rushing' to the finish line.
That being said, none of that is true of this current project. :D
My studio, also known as 'the basement' was occupied this summer by a wayward relative (my brother - though he was invited, so can I still call him wayward? I guess not. I meant less that he is 'wanton or capricious' and more 'unexpected'...but since he wasn't unexpected, it doesn't really work now. Oh well...I'm not changing it. I like that word. Yo Max, do you like being called wayward? I may add it to my own name. 'Wayward Kate'. ) and also, I've just been busy. And not interested. And busy.
Ok, brain, simmer down. Simma.
So let's get to it. In the spirit of waywardness, I'm showing a work in progress.
The base/background: fluid acrylics. I am still figuring out my way in fluid acrylics, and love to experiment in the (extremely, especially when it comes to me) messy medium. For this work, I was going for a leveled/layered scene...and there's a lovely melty-skull issue going on in the top right. (Do you like those technical terms I used there? Melty-skull? You can tell I was formally trained, right?)
Right now I'm in the middle of transferring a sketch on to the background...it's a 'naked tree' with a bit of a twist.
And by 'twist' I mean 'spine trunk'!.
I have a bit of an obsession with trees...especially naked trees. There is a whole deep story behind that - too deep for this early in the morning - that I will share one day.
I wasn't really going for 'dark' or 'macabre-ish', although it looks like it's heading in that direction. At the moment, I actually feel it's more of a statement on strength and foundation. That may change, though, as my work often does.
And - I am still very much learning. I am a constant student, and not afraid to say so. Like...sometimes I wonder if there is an easier way to transfer a drawing on to canvas. I have transfer paper, but it is just not suitable for layering onto a dark background (can't see the outlines). Any artists out there have any tips? (UPDATE: You guys are awesome. White transfer paper...duh.) Until I figure that out, I'll be painstakingly re-drawing that spine on to canvas...with paint. You can actually kind of see the beginning of the outline in the first picture. *points up*
It's nerve-wracking, I tell you.
Maybe that's the REAL reason this has been on hold for a while :) Probably.