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Sunday, November 29, 2015

Rediscovering watercolors

Hi everyone!

For the longest time, I struggled to explain what kind of artist I am to others. It seems so clear for many-- "I paint landscapes" or "I make jewelry" but for me, I feel like I am always ALL OVER THE PLACE. I don't think it's bad but it's hard to describe yourself in a simple sentence when you dabble in paint, abstract art, jewelry making, photography, etc. But over time, I've come to realize that I definitely have a trend going on in a lot of my work. I just needed to pick out the similarities and see what my style actually was. 

Recently, I started to paint little mini watercolors and I found myself going for the same colors and vibes over and over again. So I think I found my style. I like ink and watercolor a lot, even though I really enjoy acrylic and mixed media work as well. I wanted to share what I've been up to this past month with my mini pieces.



This piece called "Dream Giver" and I didn't have a paintbrush so I used a qtip! I've always loved working with ink like fine tip sharpies to create intricate doodles so here's the combination. 



Something I've come to realize about myself is that I love all things magical and mystical. I also really like drawing long lush curly hair. Here is my mermaid "Lorelei". I've been doodling her in my notebooks for a long long time and finally brought her to life. 


I don't know about you guys but I'm a huge Disney fan-- especially the classics. I decided to re-create some of my favorite scenes in silhouettes of shapes and colors. Here is Pocahontas waiting just around the river bend. I added some of Grandmother Willow's leaves for brownie points.


The Little Mermaid was definitely a strong candidate for this project. I made a light sun mandala behind her and she's sitting on "her world" which is the ocean. When you think about her story (even though it's about a love struck teenager making rash decisions), she feels very lonely in such a big ocean because no one understands her sense of adventure. I tried to bring to out in this piece. 

As I am exploring different colors and styles of doodling, I noticed that this sort of layered, intricate, floral doodling is my favorite and that I have a special appreciation to watercolor because pastel shades make me feel good. My favorites are the cool colors from purple, blue, and pink. When I go back home for the holiday break, I plan on going through my art portfolio and looking over my progression as an artist. It's taken me a while to realize I can simply imitate a lot of different styles but that doesn't mean it's necessarily me. A lot of people have told me that it's okay to not have a theme or a signature style which I understand to a certain degree but also disagree with at the same time. For seasoned artists, I can tell a piece of art is theirs even if it's a different media piece of unique to their collection because certain qualities of their style shine through in every piece. I think I really want that for my own art! And as a folk artist, it's hard to establish when you don't have the means of the educational background to do that inherently. It's all a work in progress but I'm glad I'm discovering this little by little. I hope you guys enjoyed my little art collection. They are all on sale as originals if anyone is interested! 

Cheers,
Dana

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