10 Gratitude (Journal) Prompts for November
Healthy Maven blog post for November 6.
1. Who/what made you smile today?
2. What is something you take for granted that you’re grateful for?
3. What is the best thing that happened this week?
4. What cheers you up when you have a rough day? How can you incorporate more of that in your life?
5. When I reflect on my friendships, what friendships are giving life that I’m so grateful for?
6. What do you love about yourself?
7. What friends or friendships am I grateful for and why?
8. What inspires me? Am I finding inspiration regularly or just going through life?
9. What are you grateful for this season? What are your favorite things about fall?
10. I am looking forward to…
I can easily see these as a prompt for a sketch!
I’m reworking for the fourth time, a gouache I painted in Dubuque in October. I’m not sure how many layers of gouache one panel can take, but I’m determined not to throw in the towel.
Painting on Aluminum panels is not a new technique, but it is one that is new to me and I’m loving it. I have purchased small panels and started experimenting. Every manufacturer has their own name for it. Alclad is used in the airline industry. AlumaComp is sold through Jerry Artarama. Jackson’s Art Supply has their own Jackson Aluminum Panel. DiBond is yet another brand. If you don’t mind prepping them with gesso, it is cost effective to purchase through a sign shop. Plus, they cut to your size specific.
I like applying the gesso myself so I can experiment and sometimes control the texture. Brush strokes can be intensified, directional, and the gesso can have different thickness. I’m using watercolors, so all of that is adding to the base challenge of watercolors ‘mind of its own’ on a slick Surface! The paintings can appear like an acrylic or oil painting, yet you have that dreamy fluid watercolor effect.
Another plus, if you don’t use a Krylon varnish to fix it, you can wash it off. Usually there is a ghost image, but a thin added layer of gesso will cover that up. When I do produce a keeper, I spray it with the Krylon. BONUS: No need for GLASS OR MATTING! Yeah!
I also gesso paper. If I use expensive 300 lb. paper and have a flop, I rinse it, dry it and gesso it for a second try.
Here are some examples. The top 2 are on Aluminum panels. If you look closely you can see the gesso brush texture and direction. The beets are on gessoed Arches paper. I found a huge full roll at an estate sale, and have been experimenting on it.
I Purchased an online short video from John Lovett this week. #johnlovett First I copied his demo then I tried to apply that knowledge to a photograph that I had of similar subject matter. I wasn’t really happy with the first one, so I did a second. And I could see I could probably paint it 12 times and still learn a lot. (12 maybe a little short….)
From last to first, here they are.
Watercolor on Arches paper I brushed gesso on. Radishes, paint them before you eat them! The gas station is from a photo I found on the web related to a story on abandoned towns.
Here are a few of the 108 people I sketched. It’s a fun challenge, and I always enjoy the possibilities! Carrying a sketchbook with me all the time makes it easy to accomplish.
I ordered a set of 7 waterbrush pens. They just arrived and I haven’t used them to write a review, but I certainly plan to! So keep your eyes on the blog!