Yesterday a box from Blick
Art Supply that I'd be anxiously awaiting finally arrived. There is something about getting new art supplies that feels like Christmas, even if I've purchased them myself and they're no surprise! I sat down on the floor and ripped into the box immediately. Inside: a bunch of brand new gouache paints
and 3 pads of bristol board
I have very very limited experience with gouache; I've been wanting to paint on paper lately, with something that's a bit lighter and more watery than acrylic paint. I thought gouache would be just the thing, and I'm excited to give it a whirl! I painted the above page in my sketchbook really quickly yesterday while waiting for Ryan, so we could go on a walk (the weather in Portland is perfection these days!).
We've been walking around our neighborhood checking out people's yards, raised bed planters, detached garages.... now that we're officially staying in Portland and not moving to Los Angeles, we're both feeling excited about working on our house and making it look nicer. One of these days in the coming months we're planning to tear down our detached garage and rebuild it (bigger) with a studio on top for me! I cannot wait. That way I can move my studio out of the house and make more room for the baby. Ryan is going to have to give up his office for the time being so this little one can have a cozy room for himself, but once we move my studio out of the house there'll be space for Ryan's office once again. That will be nice!
Ryan has a few days off next week, so he's going to build us some raised bed planters in the front yard, total Portland-style (practically every other house has them in their yards! We have to join the party) -- I'll share pics of that once they're completed. Fun fun!
Anyway, back to the gouache: my plan is to paint lots of little motifs -- flowers, animals, plants, etc -- and turn them into patterns. I don't use Photoshop to make my patterns very often, but whenever I do I think to myself "why don't I do this more often? It's so fun!" So, here's my chance. :)
Also, speaking of patterns:
starts tomorrow! Today's your last chance to sign up for this session if you'd like to jump in -- the next session won't be until early 2016. Full course details + registration are over on the Pattern Camp website
. Come learn to make your own beautiful repeat patterns in Illustrator and Photoshop with me and a whole slew of creative folks! Beginners and more experienced artists/pattern designers are welcome.
Happiest Friday to you. :)