September 07 2014 – I’m working on too many things at once, as per usual. Since my projects are usually complex and take a long time to complete, they often wear me out before I get all the way through so I keep a few running at a time. It also helps fight my fear of the blank canvass – if I keep a few projects running I never get to that scary moment where I’ve just finished a piece and I need to open a completely blank page and face the fear that I’ll never have another idea ever again. It’s a weird artists’ superstition but I know a lot of people get it.
My art crush this week is the Tasmanian artist Jennifer Tyers. Her watercolor landscapes breathe with a simplicity and vibrancy of color, and her illustrations are a whole lot of lively, dark and curious. You can find more of her work on her website.
I’ve gone back to working on this thing. I like the main elements but they’re not coming together yet, I’ll need to add some more stuff and work on the background a bit more. I’m wondering if a more structured approach to defining the composition before I start painting wouldn’t give less uncertain results.