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)

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  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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