"A Reason to Pout" acrylic on gessobord, 8" x 10"
The Work of Childhood series #2
Lately I've been feeling very drawn to acrylics. I don't know why. It's not because it comes easily, because it doesn't. It's not familiar and comforting like my watercolors, or soothingly meditative like my colored pencils. It's unpredictable and challenging. Maybe that's the appeal. I love a good challenge.
I really like this painting. I like the colors in his face and I like seeing the brushstrokes. And those pouty lips. :)
But. . . I kind of feel like a traitor for liking these acrylic paintings so much. I feel like I should not enjoy painting with them as much as I do, because they're not watercolors and that's sort of what people expect from me.
But they are fun, different, new. And sometimes that's just what I need. And it's not like I'm giving up on watercolors. Not at all. It's just nice to try something else for a change you know?
Now, onto pictures of AWESOMENESS.
The other day the Utah Watercolor Society hosted a demonstration given by one of my favorite artists ever.
Can you guess who it is? (If you follow my Facebook fan page you probably already know)
That's right! Alvaro Castagnet!! Can you even believe how awesome that was? Seriously, I felt like I was meeting a rock star. I may have stuttered when I asked if I could have a picture with him. I was a little bit fangirl. . . ok, ok I was a lot bit fangirl.
It was incredible to watch him paint, he's so confident and passionate that it was infectious. It made me want to run for my brushes. And hearing him speak about painting with passion, and being bold, holding nothing back, going for major impact was so cool.
He was funny, and warm, and just plain AWESOME.
I wish you could have been there. :)
And then last week I got to meet one of my favorite authors of all time!
Sarah Dessen! I have loved her books for years, read all of them, own most of them, and she is a major source of inspiration for my writing. I just love her. Her book "The Truth About Forever" is coming with me if ever I get stranded on a desert island. It's one of my top five favorite books of all time. (Which is saying a lot considering my list of favorite books is about five miles long)
And she was so nice and humble and just truly genuine. I think she and I could be friends if we were neighbors. :)
And yes, once again I was a fan girl of epic proportions. I just couldn't help it. I mean this is the Dessen we're talking about! She is incredibly AWESOME!
It was so cool. :D
It's inspiring to be around creative people who want to share and help other creative people. It's just one of my favorite things in the whole world.
See you next week everybody!
I hope you will forgive me for posting this photo of you with your eyes closed, but I simply had to. For the sake of AWESOMENESS. I hope you understand. :)
your most devoted fan girl,