Tiny Abstract: Drawing with pencil + painting with gouache

Over the last year and a half, I’ve made just a few [understatement] abstracts with ink - and now while I’m still doing that — I’m ALSO exploring in gouache in the same format. Yes — I am completely enamored with tiny abstracts so I wanted to share that with you! Filmed this work-in-process where I draw lines with a geometric/architectural vibe and add color with gouache paint. This is tubed gouache that I’ve let dry in the palette and then rewet when I want to paint [that post has lots of lush details about that]. So I’m using gouache like pan watercolors, to give you a frame of reference, although gouache is generally more opaque and has a bit of a texture to it. I'm letting the paints just flow into each other, not trying to control that. I like the wild results, the happy accidents where colors intersect and mingle.

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You never know what you will discover.

How do you grow as an artist? Honestly you just keep doing the work. The work that resonates with you. You can work in more than one medium, or several at once, and still move forward. You will surprise yourself! What we fail to remember is that techniques are invented, discovered, re-invented, and re-imagined each day all over the world. By people who went to art school and those who did not. You never know what you will discover.

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art journal, 1bestDaisy Yellow
More colorful hand-drawn contraptions.

Art is a positive force ☯️ and creating consistently {and for me that’s daily, for years upon years} means that doing art is part of the ebb and flow of the day. It doesn’t feel heavy like a requirement or a guilt-trip but it feels just normal. I feel better and my brain feels more calm especially when literally everything around us is spinning out of control.

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Ink & thread, a perfect match.

“I feel like my life is so scattered right now. Like it's all the small pieces of paper and someone's turned on the fan. But, talking to you makes me feel like the fan's been turned off for a little bit. Like things could actually make sense. You completely unscatter me, and I appreciate that so much.”
John Green

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