Trying Something New
When experiencing a sense of comfort and control with a particular tool or technique, I know it’s time to try something different, something unfamiliar. Maybe a different brush, round rather than flat. Maybe different paper, pigment, pen, ink or pencil. Maybe a completely different style. Maybe just a small change in the approach to a sketch or painting.
Though I do a pretty good job at pushing myself out of the comfort zone, I’m still a creature of habit. I haven’t been experimental with the style of drawing I often use playing The Color Scheme Game. The last day of my road trip with Tom, I decided to try incorporating the wet in wet color mixing technique I enjoyed at the Don Andrews Workshop.
Though the top sketch may not look too different from the other two, similar sketches of seashells, I felt completely different when painting it. I tapped into something different, I’m not sure what. I do know that I got rid of a few cobwebs and opened a door to something that will make my paintings stronger.
Sketchbook drawing: Drawn first in ink with fountain pen, followed by wet in wet watercolor washes.