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Making Marks – Week 1

Paintings in various states of progress
Paintings in various states of progress

Week 1 of my making marks project has flown by. It’s been really great to sit down with a pencil and paint brush at the beginning of each day and just draw something. The week evolved from strawberry girl to a bunch of little pixies riding random animals.

photo from beforethey.com
photo from beforethey.com

My original inspiration for the pixie riding the deer was the Tsaatan people of Mongolia who herd and ride reindeer. I’ve always been fascinated by people who domesticate animals other than horses for riding. What is it that makes a horse more ridable than another animal? In any case after starting down this particular rabbit hole it got a little out of hand, jackalopes, cats, ostrich…

Ostrich Scout
Rabbit Warrior
Cat Rider
Forest Rider
Wild Ride

Happily, most days I found that once I sat down and started painting I didn’t really want to stop so a few days produced more than one painting. I’ve also found myself thinking about my paintings throughout the day and wanting to redo and refine some of the themes into more cleaned up prints. I’ve started on a few versions based on the paintings and I will probably do a few more. They’re not quite ready to be turned into prints but they are working there way there.

WIP for possible Prints?
WIP for possible Prints?

My biggest frustration with the process so far is my lack of finesse with real media. My brush strokes aren’t as exact as I’d like and sometimes the results are not entirely what I was expecting – but then again that is kind of the point. Practice, persistence and experimentation. The other thing I’ve encountered is I don’t know what products I like yet. I haven’t found a white that is a good consistency for painting the way I like to paint – which is a problem when you’re only painting in black and white. I have a few products on order to try so hopefully I’ll figure out a remedy for that one soon.

All in all I think this week has been super motivating so I’m looking forward to next week, I might even play with some color.

If you like any of this week’s paintings you can have one for your very own for just $5 in the shop.