Friday, 25 September 2015

The Big Drip...


I have been known to have flighty weeks every now and again
  okay... pretty regularly if I am completely honest
  but this week has been all over the place mentally
  I haven't been able to settle to any one thing 
  my brain has been flitting from thought to thought like a hummingbird on roids


I blame the drippy chairs for this sad state of affairs
I have spent all week trying to work out how to scale them up and paint larger versions
without having to do the whole soak and stretch paper to keep it flat
but have been plagued by paper buckles
which could be graded from mild in some cases all the way through to truly mountainous
I could try the old iron and heavy book trick
but I am always scared of doing that and the whole possible burning down the house thing
so I am trying to find just the right combination of paper weight and paint application
these paintings take a lot of moisture to create 
and finding the right combination is meaning lots of experimenting
which is never a bad thing, though there has been moments of insane frustration
followed quickly by awesome yowzer moments, followed by more frustration
ahhh the joys the are the rollercoaster of creation right


I could have made my life easier
and used the 640 gr hot pressed paper that I favour for huge watercolours
those suckers take more abuse than any paper known to man
and stay so flat and perfect it is mildly freaky
but for some reason in my brain I decided that it just wasn't white enough
so I have tried creating them with different papers
both stretched and unstretched
thick smooth white paper in 5 different weights and brands,
 and even a lighter weight paper... as if that was ever going to bloody work
and finally even had a play on Yupo
but to be honest Yupo sort of does my head in a bit
something about that plastic surface just feels mildly wrong


I even tried different paints
high pigmented ones
normal ones
and finally even the Peerless liquid colours
I even hunted out some inks
and played with different combinations of all of the above
the studio has been looking like some giant threw up paint everywhere
my hands look like I am wearing technicolour gloves
and most of the clothes I have worked in this week
have little dots of colour splattered in lovely outlines
courtesy of my apron just not being up to the task

so these are the closest I have gotten to results that don't make my brain hurt
Of course you know what I am going to do next don't you
yep this morning I have pulled out the 640 gr paper
and it is quite white actually
so I am going to get in and do some on there
which is what I should have done in the first place
but then where would be the fun in that
happy painting all...xx


45 comments:

VonnyK said...

Now if you would just give in and come across to the dark side and pick up the inks on canvas, you wouldn't have all these hassles. There would be a whole new set of hassles but oh the possibilities......he he. I love these chairs and drippy colours. Hope that heavy paper is working.

Gloria J Zucaro said...

The color combos are lush. Can't wait to see more experiments!

Marji said...

The chairs are incredible. And honestly, who doesn't love Herman Miller especially in lime green for goodness sake. I hope to see a big pink Queen Anne in your future :) M.x

sirkkis said...

What colourful seats. My favorit is the green one... it's so brisk!
Happy PPF !

Wanda said...

Love the chairs and the colors are out of sight. I sometimes soak my paper, and then stretch and staple it to my board. Paper can give headaches for sure. Love your work. Sending Hugs.

Clare Lloyd said...

Loving the colours! Happy PPF

Paper rainbow said...

I just LOVe the combination of drawn line and drippy colour, wonderful!

Nic McLean said...

Well, you certainly wouldn't know to look at these fabulous drippy chairs that you had any of those trials and tribulations! It is a reason I don't use gouache more often (well one of the reasons) because it's a pain soaking and stretching the water beforehand then having to soak the drawing board to get all the tape off ready for the next one - I agree with VonnyK - Canvas is our friend!!

susupetal said...

Oh no, I wrote a well spelled comment and it flew away, have to try again.

Ha ha, I loved to read about your week :D creating art can be so challenging, especially when you have to bear in mind not to burn down the house.

But the chairs turned out so delicious! I like your loose lines and those splashes.

I've had as plenty of paint as you've had this week, been doing mono prints, somehow there's some sort of prints also on the walls and cabin doors...

Neesie said...

Oh my you've worn me out just reading what you've been going through... such devotion to the task but so worth it. Gorgeous drippyness and colours... I love them.
Happy PPF to you xx

Valerie-Jael said...

Love your chairs, nice to have different papers to choose from! Happy PPF, hugs, Valerie

My name is Erika. said...

Sounds like a busy week. I know, sometimes you think and try all kinds of things before you find what works...how frustrating and time consuming that can be. I love your little sketches though. they look cozy and I am really ready to cuddle up in one...can this day get done soon enough? (And I hate saying that)

Danielle Mack said...

There is a way to re-flatten your paper without an iron...lightly mist the back of the paper and soak access with paper towels...put under heavy books over night...it's not perfect but it helps so much!!! Lovely paintings!

dkatiepowellart.me said...

i like your drippy chairs and i'm a certified chair nut, saving them along the road (honey, doesn't he look lost?) and mitchell is worse until i put my foot down (NO sofas they take up too much space) but i paint the chairs themselves. i don't like the feel of the yupo either and i cannot wrap my mind around WHY anyone wants to draw on a tablet. i like wet and smooshy.
okay, let's see if this dang thing posts. i've been having it out with blogger lately because it won't take me anymore (sob). remember i still read even if i can't post!

Linda Kunsman said...

your perspectives and perfect proportions of these chairs just amaze me Trace! Of course I do love those colorful splashes adorning them too.

Christine said...

well I do love the drippy work, I think I would find it hard to do.

Nicole Beadwright Campanella said...

I am so glad I am not the only one that goes through this. LOL I love your point of view and your humor. Most of all I love your chairs.
Nicole/Beadwright

froebelsternchen Susi said...

I am in love with all this wonderful chairs! GORGEOUS!

Julia Dunnit said...

See..your frustration and experiment is our gain. I love theses chairs..and I know I shouldn't say it,but i don't give a pigging fig what the background colour is, or however white the white is!! Chairs and teacups..you 'do' two of my 'things'!!

Giggles said...

I feel your stress...wow! Scrumptious colours and wonderful shaped chair...could you just create that chair in 3D, nice and foamy, for realz now please.... I'd love a pair of those to sit on!!

Hugs Giggles

Faye said...

Beautiful chairs. I have tried the blotchy type of painting drawing this week too. It was so much fun. I have trouble with buckles too. I remember one art class I took where the teacher had paper so durable that if she didn't like her painting, she ran water out of the faucet on it to wash off the watercolors. I wonder what weight that stuff was.

Nordljus said...

Oh I love all your chairs! I just want to sit down in one of them, and stretch my legs, they look so comfortable.

Jo said...

Your chairs are luscious! I don't care what you paint them on!! :)

shedreamsofthesea said...

Isn't experimenting so much fun? These are my kind of watercolors, I love the drips!

Kate Robertson said...

I love the look of all your chairs.

Kate

Ginger said...

Oh I love all of this drippy goodness! I understand the frustration with finding the just right combination of supplies. Like you said, at least it means more experimentation!

Arnoldo L. Romero, MLA said...

I hate it when water paper buckles up too. However, you achieved some beautiful pieces from all your experimentation. Blessings, my friend!

Rita said...

Yes, the 300 lb watercolor paper should do the trick, but what an adventure playing with all the other papers. Yupo is really frightening to me. I have never tried it and not sure I ever will...so slick and plasticy. But I like your green chair on it. Good luck with the 300 lb and I hope you show us the results. :) Have a super weekend.

jillholmes.me said...

Love the "big drips" that you used to make your chairs, Tracey. The technique is very eye-pleasing. I hope the 300# paper works better for you!:-)

Shannon McGee said...

Nice idea. I love your paintings and the drawings. They are so good.

mandysea said...

*gasp*!!!!!! oh my my my, I'm totally in love with these beautiful chairs. AND the colour - I'm hooked! Wow wow wow!

Beth Niquette said...

Your artwork is just wonderful--I also love reading what you write, because I always learn so much. You are SO talented. I'm a big fan.

Indira said...

Love the drippy chairs, esp. the magenta and the green. Fabriano hot press comes with very bright white paper in various weights. Yupo, so far has not appealed to me.

I so enjoy your art ruminations.

Thanks for visiting my blog.

Carol said...

Your chairs are lovely and those bold drippy colors are perfect in my eyes :) ..we won't count the fact that I'm nearly legally blind LOL!

Abigail Davidson said...

Beautiful contrast between the loose paint and clean drawing and the pop of colors are gorgeous! Awesome art as always!

Diane Baker-Williams said...

I can relate to your mind in flight. Mine has been doing that for several weeks, bt not because of drippy chairs. I'm with Giggles, could you 3D several of these please and deliver to my front door? Hopefully this next week will be better for you. Thank you for the lovely comment you left. Much appreciated!

denthe said...

haha, very recognizable ;-) But at least now you know what doesn't work. Love these chairs, I'd love to have such a colourful one in my home!

kat said...

These colour spattered chairs are great! Anything with a good splash of colour and I'm happy!

Wen Sylvestre said...

Lol, don't you just LOVE experimenting? :) Your chairs are no less awesome by the way. They are gorgeous and I love the paint going everywhere. Good luck with your experiments and happy PPF!

Tammie Dickerson said...

I just love your work, Tracey! Always humorous and fun to following your creative ramblings - and who knew drippy chairs could be such an experience? Keep up the great work! - Oh - and your comment on my blog was fabulous! No one has ever told me my brushstrokes were "bloody awesome" before! I had to laugh out loud - literally!!

alexa said...

Oh my, I have just popped over from Notes On Paper and what a visual feast! Not to mention your enjoyable writing. These chairs are gloriously vibrant. I will remember that the best paper for very wet work is the heaviest quality, so thank-you.

Alexandra said...

Regardless of what causes them to go drippy, they're fantastic and are incredibly unique. LOVE them and their bright colours. :)
xx

Sandra Busby said...

Ooh... these are fabulous!! I LOVE the colours... And who wouldn't want a chair like that in their house! I remember having to stretch paper. Tedious! But worth the time in the end! :0)

JKW said...

I love the drawings and the splashes of color. Very creative. Blessings, Janet PPF

Deepa Gopal Sunil said...

Gorgeous colours!!!! Love the spread of colours :)