“In the Pink”–Watercolor on Board
One of my all-time favorite television shows is Star Trek. I love the characters and the exotic planets they explore, but mostly, I admire the way the crew boldly goes where no one has gone before, not knowing what might lie ahead. That takes guts. Luckily, it’s just a TV show, so even if things go horribly wrong, all will be well in the end.
On my Artist’s Journey, I typically choose the safe route, the proven path, the road ‘more often’ traveled. But today, I was an explorer. I donned my uniform (aka:apron), set a course, and headed out into the unknown–warp 9. Though I didn’t posses the bravery of Kirk or Picard, I did muster up enough courage to seek out new watercolor techniques. Armed with a mister and a bottle of masking fluid, I decided to boldly go where I had not gone before. I didn’t have the safety of an expensive starship to consider on my mission, but I did have a pricey sheet of watercolor paper that I certainly didn’t want to see get sucked into a black hole. When I explore strange new worlds, I do so without an experienced crew or the support of Starfleet. I don’t even have a script writer to ensure my safety. I am on my own. Sometimes I fail, but other times, I create something beautiful.
“To Boldly Go”–watercolor on Arches Aquarelle
If you could go anywhere in the world, which destination would you choose? That is the question I’m faced with today on my Artist’s Journey. My professor announced our final project, and it’s ‘Anything Goes’. We choose the theme, subject, size, medium–it’s basically an open airline ticket. I’ve been waiting for this opportunity all semester, and now that it’s here, my brain is positively percolating with the possibilities. Color palettes, ideas, and quick gestures litter my sketchbook as I frantically try to solidify an A+ plan for my piece. And this time, it has to be more than just a pretty picture–it needs to have meaning. I don’t know exactly where this journey will take me, but I’ll be sure to send a postcard.
Two pages of wild brainstorming from my sketchbook