artist’s way, week two: artist date

texture play: violet, September 2011
texture play: violet, September 2011
Surface Treatment Workshop
Surface Treatment Workshop

I few months ago, I purchased Darlene Olivia McElroy and Sandra Duran-Wilson’s book, Surface Treatment Workshop: Explore 45 Mixed-Media Techniques. I stumbled upon it while aimlessly wandering through the vast world of amazon.com.  Since I received the book, I’ve looked through it a few times, noting techniques I’d like try.  I’ve attempted a couple. 

However, I have not yet let myself take the time to really play with the various textural surface possibilities.

I’m often too focused on the final image, or influenced by how whatever I am currently working on could later be utilized for another work—I never simply play with the materials to fully explore their potential.  I don’t allow myself the freedom to create purely for the joy of the process. 

For this week’s artist date, I blocked off two hours and played.  I didn’t care how my paper looked or what it could be used for later—I simply delighted in the process. It was liberating, fun, and inspiring.  I din’t get too concerned with how the colors worked together, if the layers were becoming too chaotic, or if something I tried didn’t quite work right–ultimately, it was two hours very well spent.

texture play: violet, September 2011 (detail 1)
texture play: violet, September 2011 (detail 1)
texture play: violet, September 2011 (detail 2)
texture play: violet, September 2011 (detail 2)

texture play: green, September 2011 (in progress with my adorable) little assistant)
texture play: green, September 2011 (in progress with my adorable little assistant)
texture play: green, September 2011
texture play: green, September 2011
texture play: green, September 2011 (detail 1)
texture play: green, September 2011 (detail 1)
texture play: green, September 2011 (detail 2)
texture play: green, September 2011 (detail 2)

14 Replies to “artist’s way, week two: artist date”

  1. Excellent idea for an Artist’s Date. I’m going to try it with a book on Image Transfer techniques just received. And your images are stunning – they remind me of coral and seaweed.

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  2. Sounds like a good book – I will have to check it out too. I also find it hard not to focus on the end result. I can get quite frustrated with the painting process if the piece looks too dissonant, but I’m getting better at remaining calm :)

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    1. I think it just takes time and slowly changing your train of thought while you work to remember there is fun and beauty in the process as well. But it can be so easy to forget that.

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