Wednesday, June 10, 2020

My Painted Life: 24 December 2019 - 8 June 2020 Journal

After working on the cover of the journal (beginning on the 24th of December 2019), I didn't pick the journal up again until the 2nd of February 2020. During the month of January, I had other projects to finish. I don't like to work on more than one journal (or page at a time) so I set this book aside to finish other work.

This is the second largest journal that I've ever worked on.

This is the first time I have worked across the page in this size (an open page is 20 x 15". The book is 10 x 15" closed.)

Each page took several days to complete. Some pages took more than a week. When I didn't have a paint brush, marker or scissors in hand, I was processing and thinking about the page. I was studying various artists (reading, looking and listening to podcasts/youtube videos.) Each page is meticulously and thoughtfully layered until it said what needed to be said. I struggled the most with the words on the second to last page (with the artist at the easel) as the United States is in the middle of a mass revolution in thoughts and actions, and hopefully (finally) moving towards a massive systemic change.

Artists studied include:
Henri Matisse
David Park
Richard Diebenkorn
Vincent Van Gogh
Paul Cezanne
Wayne Thiebaud
Elaine de Kooning
Arshile Gorky
Delita Martin
Jack Whitten

Handmade journal using a discarded book cover, waxed linen thread and 100 lb Accent Opaque cardstock

Acrylics (Holbein, Sennelier, Utrecht, Golden)
Water based paint markers (Posca, Holbein, Molotow, Sharpie)
.35 Rapidosketch pen with india ink
4 in One Stabilo Aquarellable water soluble pencils in black, brown, orange, red, yellow, blue, green
water brush pen
Coccoina glue stick

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