It's incredible what deadlines do to one's productivity. After months and months (or was that years?!) of procrastinating on my large abstract diptych project, I finally faced the blank canvases today. And, that's because an unexpected situation* came up over the last week that raised the issue of the blank canvases. So, I knew I HAD to do something. Quick.
Anyway, I started to brainstorm some more ideas today by sketching and taking out my art materials. I finally decided to work with this sketch:
I like the idea of balancing lines and curves. So, working with circles and linear patterns seemed best. I then decided to lightly sketch my idea on to the canvases by putting the two canvases side by side (I used coloured pencils for sketching):
Then, I tossed between 1) painting a background; 2) painting the circles first; and/or 3) painting the linear design first. I decided to take option #2 as I wanted to see how I can push the circular patterns, seeing as I was working with two square canvases.
Since I had two main colours that I want to work with - blue and brown - I decided to use shades of blue and purple with the circles. My paint colours of choice were Pacific Blue (Atelier), Cobalt Blue (Winsor and Newton) and Bright Purple (W & N). I also decided to incorporate some Titanium White. Yep - all acrylics.
Here are the canvases after the circles have been painted:
Now, I just have to figure out what to do next. 😉
* When I'm in a better position to divulge the details, I'll write another update later on regarding this unexpected situation. Oh... But, I just realised that there's a clue in one of these photos... Heh.
Shai has been managing and blogging here at ShaiCoggins.com for 17 years. Here, she writes about creativity, productivity, and how to recharge for a better, happier lifestyle. She is the author of Today: Life Journal, Colour Bliss: Kaleidoscopes, and a little known children's book. A serial entrepreneur, Shai also currently runs Vervely.com, a boutique digital media agency offering online content, community, and conversion marketing services. Her blogging experience and digital work have been featured in various media, including being listed in Fast Company's "Most Influential Women in Technology" list. Originally from Manila, Shai lived in Singapore and the USA before moving to Australia with her British husband. They have two children, a pet bunny, and a rambunctious rescue Labrador.