Abstract Sketchbook

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I’ve been watching Pam Garrison and Jennifer Mercede on Creativebug teaching their Daily Abstract Painting Prompts class and I’ve followed along with the artist Sonia Brittian sharing her abstract sketchbook on Instagram and felt inspired to start one myself.

I love that there is no right or wrong way with it. You respond to what is on the page. If you are interested in playing or need to work through some feelings I highly recommend it.

I’ve been using cheap craft store acrylics and water soluble crayons in a cheap soft covered sketchbook. You don’t need a ton of time and it is all about the process. You will probably make new discoveries with your paint and tools. I used a palette knife, brushes and old gift cards to spread the paint and scraped into the paint with these as well as the water soluble crayons. Let me know if you decide to give it a try.

Little Florals

I’ve been working on these little florals on hot press watercolor paper and have been really enjoying them. The top one I showed in my previous post and I’m really loving where it is now. I may still play with it a bit more and then risk it not being what I had hoped but that’s a chance I will have to take. The other two still need work but I love the thick layers of paint.

Authentic creating

Lately I’ve painted some crummy paintings. I felt a little frustrated with it but decided to instead look for things that I do like within the painting.

That has been incredibly helpful. These paintings are from the second day of working on them and while I don’t love them yet I do love certain parts of them.

The colors feel pleasing for the most part and I like the paint application in parts. It felt good to paint them.

I really get into the zone when I paint abstractly which is exactly the way I want to be. I watched this video last night and it really spoke to me. Art certainly shouldn’t cause stress and anxiety which at times I will admit that it has. Art making for me needs to feel good.

I think that we can learn something from everything we make even if in the end it isn’t quite what we had hoped it would be. And we may even end up loving it more.

Is art making stressful for you? Do you feel you create from an authentic place?