The last week or so I've been busy with some new paintings. I've been exploring combining elements of different work I have done in the past. I've tended to swing from high to low before through extremes of creepy or cute- I think I am starting to reach a balance between the two that is true to my own personal style.
In the past I've always tended to work in gouache for more lighthearted work and oil paint for the darker stuff, until now I had never tried acrylic. I feel I can get the controlled/expressive balance a lot easier using the acrylic, I cant believe I've never tried it before. I'm going to spend the next few weeks just getting comfortable with the paint and exploring the new images and characters I've started to create. In the photo below most of the paintings are still a work in progress and are not completed yet but it gives you an idea of what I've been up to.
I'm not sure I'm happy with the name Sketchstitch any more- I have an urge to tidy things up and start afresh. Over the last year since I started my blog I have been exploring so many different areas from sewing creatures to illustration and fine art. Dabbling here and there really but I've gone back to pretty much where I left off when I graduated nearly ten years ago. I studied textile design and by far my favourite subject throughout the four years was visual studies- exploring mark making, materials, creativity and imagination. All the other blogs I read everyone seems so focused and clear in their direction, I'd love to know if any of you reading this have experienced this style finding I seem to be going through.