Today, I went back to the basics: mark making! Often, when I feel blocked or in a slump, I like to do the simpliest things, like picking up a marker or crayon, and move my hand! Feel the energy inside my body, let it stream into my fingers, my marker, my paintbrush or some kind of stamp, and let it flow.
Today, I wasn’t particularly blocked, but I enjoyed it anyway!
Below you’ll find some of the results. I used:
other mark making tools, like stamps, a cardboard ‘thing’ that was used to pack something, bubble plastic.
Anything that you can find around the house and has an interesting form can be used as stamps!
Here you see the pencil:
The crayon (Caran d’Ache, Neocolor II):
An empty Molotov marker, filled with Golden High Flow acrylics (one of my newest findings: wonderful type of paint – it’s even more ‘flowy’ than the Fluid Acrylics, and I like it very much).
Pencils with high flow paint and fluid acrylic paint:
All kind of stamps:
So, if you’re bored, blocked, or could use some fresh inspiration and energy: go back to the basics and pick up your mark making again!
Today I did another five minute painting. I love this process. It doesn’t cost a lot of time, and it learns me a lot about letting go, getting out of my own way, not thinking too much and just let the painting unfold.
Halfway I had to laugh out loud, about the craziness of this process. I see myself painting like a mad woman – in the meantime making all kinds of mistakes. For instance: I wanted to add some transparant Quinacridone Nickel Azo Gold – but by accident, I grabbed the brush with black paint on it. But: with some white added, it became an interesting sort of greenish color (which I painted over, because it wasn’t so beautiful after all.
I see myself falling back on turquoise again – this time the darker turquoise (not the green turquoise). Which is no problem for me. Right now I don’t feel attracted to other colors, so I keep it like this.
I painted for five minutes, and after that I wanted to give myself a second five minutes. Alas, I forget to set the timer, so I believe this second part is about 6,5 minutes long.
It’s a big difference between the first part and the second part, and I think the most important difference is that I covered a lot. By taking away a lot of the ‘noise’ the painting comes together.
Of course I could have taken this painting further, but for now, for this experiment, it’s enough for me.
This is the result of the first five minutes:
And this came out of it seven minutes later:
I created a small video about it, that you can watch here:
Today I made a painting on A4 format. I recorded the painting process, and if everything has turned out well, you can watch the video below.
I actually really enjoy recording the process. It takes a bit time on beforehand (and afterward editing the video), but the extra concentration puts me even more in the flow. I don’t think, I paint ;-)!
Here’s the result:
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Today I created a video of the process of making a collage on a postcard. Collage-making is a wonderful thing to do. I write here about why it is so freeing, and why you can learn so much from it.
Because I’m such a big fan, I created a free video series about it, see below:
I’ve have been quite busy lately. Therefore, I found it difficult to stay true to my beloved daily painting practice. I felt ‘out of the groove’, and found it difficult to get back in. Today, I want to share something that helped me!
I had been painting a larger painting (50-70 cm, that’s 20-26”), and I didn’t like it. After staring at it for a while, I got the luminous idea of creating a small ‘window’ of 15-15 cm (6-6”) in a piece of copy paper. I used this window to search f or spots on the bigger painting that appealed to me. I cut those out and finished them with blue, black, and white paint. Also, I used white and blue markers.
There were a few things that I liked about using the paper window:
First, I was less frustrated about my ‘spoilt’ painting. Suddenly something ‘ugly’ was only a step towards something that I really liked.
Second, the process of using the window and searching for interesting parts in the painting was fun and felt creative in itself.
Below I’ll show you a small video about the process, and also you’ll find the photo’s of some of the small paintings that I made.
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