Hello, again! Today I want to share some detail snapshots of a painting commission I’m currently working on.
I used watercolor, gold ink and colored pencils. Normally, I tend to use every color I have available on my compositions.
I lovingly call my usual color scheme “rainbow vomit”. Haha! I’m fighting that instinct to keep to the sweet, summery palette that I had in mind for this painting.
The earlier stages of color buildup. For me, it’s always a bit of an adventure using watercolors. It’s the most temperamental out of all the mediums I like to use. I feel like it behaves differently every time I paint with it.
It is a welcome challenge, though. It constantly provides me with opportunities to learn. I always find myself a little intimidated at first due to the relatively unforgiving nature of watercolors (as opposed to say, painting on canvas with acrylic) but it’s always a great feeling as I gradually ease myself into the process.
These kimono pattern details are a lot of work, but I’m enjoying every bit of it.
Looking at my kimono references for the painting got me wanting some Japanese sweets. Luckily, I had chanced upon a box of dango. Is it okay to think an item of food is cute, and feel the urge to pet it?
Sometimes I can’t help eating with my eyes as well.
After taking these out of the container, I had to admire the colors and texture first before eating them.
I also enjoy preserving these moments with my camera.
I have kind of an embarrassing number of photos of my food, but I’ll end with this one. I liked this shot for the simple reason that the background happened to have the same color scheme as the dango.
A peaceful afternoon with wonderful weather, a nice view of the sky, and some sweets — sometimes these little things do so much to keep me going.
What simple things do you get inspiration from?