You know how sometimes you run out of money but still need to make some kind of meal happen so you start digging around in the fridge, and then you find something rancid and forgotten in the back, like a jar of black guacamole? That’s what today was like at work. I didn’t want to go, but obviously I had to since I don’t have any PTO left, and we kept getting nitpicked and I just wanted to throw it away and use some nice-smelling hand sanitizer and be done with it.
So I didn’t have any magical inspiration when I sat down to paint after dinner, since crappy days at work tend to suck the creative lifeblood out of me… or so I thought. I used to throw days like today away for artmaking. I’d figure I didn’t feel like making anything, so nothing good could possibly come out of it, so there was no reason to waste perfectly good art supplies.
But this time I pulled out a photo of this plant on the road behind our house.. I think it’s a fertilizer factory (or ‘silos of sh!t’ if – like me – you are both fond of alliterations and secretly have a trucker’s mouth). I like how there are these massive, smooth white shapes. It’s both intrusive on the landscape surrounding the plant and intriguing in a sci-fi kind of way.
To celebrate one whole week of this project, I’ll add in some of the process photos as a bonus. Oooh, exciting, I know! 😉
I started by drawing a sketch on to the 8×10″ canvas with charcoal and filling in the spaces with watercolor pencil:
Then I painted over the watercolor pencil with clear acrylic medium (this stuff) which is a lot like using a coloring book. The colors get much brighter and the pencil marks blend into each other:
And at the end, it was this happy thing that I think I might love. *contented sigh*
Who knew such a lovely little thing could come out of such a craptastic day?