I was at the library the other day checking out and spotted behind the counter where they display their new books, "Daring Adventures in Paint" by Mati Rose McDonough and snatched it up immediately. It's a beautiful book with gorgeous photography and well laid out techniques with matching photos, the techniques themselves are pretty basic and seem more geared toward a beginner, such as using a brayer, squeegee, and transfer paper. I always like to see how other artists approach their work and find inspiration in this. So while the techniques weren't anything new, the eye popping color, her art work and her words were still inspirational.
My paintings are usually either 8 x 10 or 11 x 14 on watercolor paper. After reading Mati Rose's book, I was inspired to try something different. The only empty canvas I had was a 24 x 30 canvas, much bigger than what I'm used to. I did the background with many of the techniques described in the book, building up layers of paint, brayering, using a squeegee, dry brush and then collage. I'm not even sure what I'm going to paint on it, but it was a lot of fun just doing the background. Very relaxing and freeing to paint bigger and more loose.