Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Use Your Selfishness and Laziness

Sometimes as artists, we struggle with what we feel we should paint as opposed to what we want to paint. Perhaps I should paint full figures. Perhaps I should paint bigger. Perhaps I should paint more intricate floral and kimono designs adorning my girls.

But guess what?

I want to paint faces only. My interest wanes when I get to the neck or the hair. But I could never, ever tire of painting the face. I am simply in love with it.

Faces, faces, I LOVE faces! (This is my newest work in progress.)

I want to paint medium-size pieces. I love sitting with my piece at my desk, painting peacefully whilst listening to an ambient music track on Soundcloud, taking a sip of hot PG Tips tea here and there and enjoying the sunlight streaming in my window on the right.

Drawing peacefully at my desk with tea, my computer, and watching some football too!

I want to surround my girls with detailed kimono patterns but am either too lazy/selfish to paint flowers (remember my sole obsession with the face?) So... why not adorn them with real, vintage kimono fabric? (I just ordered some here... can't wait to receive them!) Not only is the idea unique and meaningful to me, it gives these beautiful fabric pieces the happiness they deserve... the chance to live on in a painting instead of stuffed in a drawer somewhere. :)

Sumptuous kimono fabric from AtelierLiaSan's Etsy shop
Now do you see why I say "Use your selfishness and laziness"? It's because sometimes in art when you feel "selfish" or "lazy", it's not a bad thing... just an arrow that points you straight toward what you are most, most truly interested in.

And isn't that what all artists are seeking to find their whole lives?

Love,
JUURI






Saturday, August 9, 2014

New Painting: "Red Tongue - Aka Shita - "

I can't stop painting my interpretations of various yokai, so here is another one! I believe this is only one of a few "bad girls" I've painted... my girls are usually innocent and melancholy. But it's fun to do something different for a change.

Red Tongue -Aka Shita- | Watercolor, acrylic, colored pencil, and gold leaf on wood panel | 24 x 24" | Available to buy

The original creature is simply called "Aka Shita" which means "Red Tongue." It's not supposed to be a female in particular, just a cloud of smoke. Here's a brilliant illustration of it from this new snazzy yokai project site.


From this description I took the part about red mouth and red tongue... perfect for a female with a wild attitude! It sort of reminded me of Jessie J's impossibly colored mouth in this video.



The creature is supposed to have claws, but I didn't want her to seem too cheesily witch-like, so I opted to give her a fashionable talon ring instead. It's like she's using it to draw the lines of smoke all around her.



I used to have to ask Lowe's workers to chop plywood for me every time I went there, but behold: now they sell perfectly pre-cut 24 x 24" birch plywood boards. Yeeeei! They are thicker than the other type, too. I like to paint the edges with a bold color, so the painting doesn't need a frame. It has a wire on the back and is ready to hang!


If this lady captures your heart, remember that you can purchase this piece! Look at my shop for details.

Love,
J