Pleinapril Adventures 2, Multitasking Boogaloo
In which Pleinapril continues, deadlines loom, and a flat tire makes me grateful for the small things in life
Happy late April,
We’re nearing the end of April, where tax season is past and the pollen is PRESENT. It’s crazy how fast a month goes by when you’re busy and boy has this month been bustling. Between working on different projects, balancing life stuff, and trying to get my paintings in, April has been packed with some wild times.
For those who want to see where this painting journey began, check out the 1st post HERE
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Like many freelance illustrators I have had days where I don’t have the time to paint, whether it be I’m too busy or the fact I’m not feeling it. My 3 years out of art school have taught me that it’s better to rest and try again later rather than try to force something you’re really not feeling. You might be fine forcing it once, but when you make it a pattern, you’re kindling the fire to your next burn out.
Because I rested and abided by my chill rules, there came days where I was itching to paint more than one piece. Some extra pieces came from inspiration at the nature I was seeing, while some just came from that “paintbug” you get when the gouache hits the paper just right.
Along with having multiple paintings per one day, I also used more photo references for this cluster of work. I made sure to take my own photos and to reference them somewhat close to the painting day. Contrary to popular belief, painting from photographs (especially those taken by you) can lend new insights to your painting process you never even realized. While it may be easier to match a composition to a photograph 1 to 1, I found myself playing with colors and abstraction more than I normally would painting in person. The still, static images allowed me (almost encouraged me) to expand past what was captured on a camera and to pull out the subtleties from my memory and experimentation.
Overall the last few weeks allowed me to have some fun and be less rigid with my paintings, this challenge, and life in general. Plus, having your whole schedule thrown out of whack thanks to a flat tire and finding the inspiration to paint while waiting for roadside assistance really gives you perspective on how small our worries can actually be.
Thank you for all the support on these paintings so far! Expect a mini post for the remaining few paintings! If you feel so inclined, subscribe to see upcoming posts, share with your friends, or leave a comment on how April has been treating you.
There have been some artists who have been making stunning plein-air paintings for Pleinapril this year. Check out their work if you have some time to spare!
Jean Wei, my park walk buddy is an incredible Philly illustrator and cartoonist who makes crisp designs, compositions, animations and comics! Check out her work on her WEBSITE and INSTAGRAM or TWITTER