But really, procrastination has been the name of the game lately. I hardly ever make the time to paint for myself anymore. My search for illustration work has basically ground to a halt. I’ve even gotten really complacent at my day job. I completed my latest painting at the last minute, literally finishing it, framing it, and dropping it off at the gallery in about 14 hours. Even though it was over a week ago, that still doesn’t feel good. But at least it got finished, right? Maybe the recent summery heat is slowing my down…
A few months ago when Gallery 1988 contacted me about doing a piece for their “Memes” show, I jumped at the idea of painting Hipster Ariel. The Little Mermaid was my absolute favorite movie growing up, and my parents even put together an awesome Little Mermaid themed room for me. Unfortunately, I grew up to not enjoy swimming. But I’m still fascinated by sea creatures, and I’m still partial to crayon red hair.
This painting has convinced me to go back to gouache for a while. Mostly because of two things. This stuff:
And this:I decided on a whim to try the Martin’s concentrated watercolor, but was frustrated by it’s… watercolorness, I guess. I was expecting something that wouldn’t bleed when painted over. As for that second photo, I’ve noticed that if I don’t change my paint water often enough, my black ink leaves a film on the water’s surface that sticks to my brush and makes odd little stains on my paper. No me gusta.
I guess hindsight is truly 20/20, and I wish I had a chance to go back and do the painting over. The colors aren’t even how I would really like them. This is closer to what I saw in my head: