Today I've got a spread for my DOCUMENTED LIFE journal. The art challenge was watercolors and the prompt was "It's water under the bridge."
Here's what I made:
|"All your dreams are on their way...|
...see how they shine?"
The words are from the song "Bridge Over Troubled Water", and here's my favorite version, sung by Johnny Cash and Fiona Apple:
I love how this painting came out...not perfect...but still right.
I've been noticing that I add black outlines to a lot of my work, especially watercolors...I think of that as an illustrative style...many people do it...and I love how it looks!
But I've been noticing, especially recently, in old children's books, images like this:
No black outlines...I've noticed this style before, but it wasn't until recently that I thought of it in relation to my art. And I thought...HOW DO THEY BLOODY DO THAT?
So this spread was my first attempt at making this non-outlined style of art...and my thoughts on this afterward are that either a) I need WAY much more patience in order to create those crisp lines without using black pen or b) there's some kind of special secret technique that makes this style a million times easier once you know it...
But, despite all that, I still like my painting... I think that the imprecise edges in has make it look hazy and ethereal...like in a dream...which is (after I realized I couldn't get the crisp lines!) the effect I was going for. :)
So, my b-day was a couple weeks ago (May 19 to be exact), and I got some awesome things from two of my beautiful friends:
First, from Boo, an awesome doodled cake card:
|I love this! I will always remember how Boo once told me she couldn't draw and how ever since then, she's been proving herself wrong! :) I love it, Boo!|
And then from my Pamikins, I got this assortment of goodies:
|I can't wait to use all these goodies!|
And a close-up:
|These are Wallpaper samples! I love that textured gold one all the way to the right...it's my favorite one (although the rose one she used to make the card with is right up there too!)...I can't wait to make something special with it!|
Thank you ladies for remembering me! I love you both! <3<3<3
And lastly, I've got a picture of Frida...because I get fussed at if I don't! :)
|Ain't she cute?!?|
This is what Frida does when I go outside to smoke...sits and stares at me...I think my mom probably trained her to do this in order to add one more person to the list of guilt trippers nagging me to stop...
Then again, she does the same thing when I go to the bathroom (sits outside the door and waits for me), and no matter how much I get nagged about that, it's not gonna stop! (Haha!)
She does the same thing when I go to work in the morning as in the picture above...sits by the door and stares at me till I'm gone...like a little kid watching their parent leave for work. Don't leave, Mom! She doesn't sit there all day, but the fact that she waits till I start pulling down the road before she goes on about her business is more than a little heart melting...
I am always a little uncomfortable with her displays of unconditional love, loyalty, and devotion...I don't quite know what to do with it and always feel more than a little unworthy of it! And yet, despite that, she persists in her determined, sometimes belligerent, ways of showing me affection. To the point where I've often wished that humans could see each other with dog eyes because I know it would end all the bad stuff that goes on in the world. But, for now I will have to settle for Frida...always staring up at me with her loving goo goo eyes, loyal to me for reasons I can't understand.
It is more than enough.