Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Life of an Item with JellyBeans

Hello everyone! My name is Angie, and I'm the person behind Jellybeans! Named 'Jellybeans' after the most wonderful sweet thing in the world. I'm based on Ontario, Canada and I work out of my tiny student apartment. In my shop, I sell mostly watercolors of the 'tree-variety', but I also work in Acrylic, and I have begun to dabble in oil paints the past few months.

For my watercolor trees, once I have an idea worked out - either in a sketchbook or maybe just simply in my head, I draw the outlines on watercolor paper. The outlines are always very simplified: the trunks and the general shape outline of the tree. I paint the trunks first, and then items in the trees, if any - such as apples. Lastly I paint the leaves. It's pretty much a random notion how I go about painting the leaves. Sometimes there will be order, and sometimes not - I think that's what I enjoy most about these watercolor paintings, there's so much freedom in my work.

My non-tree watercolors are planned out much more rigorously, since once you lay something down in watercolor, it's hard to take it back and sometimes even harder to cover it up. In watercolor, there is a lot of commitment - but the beautiful transparent colouring of the paint is so beautiful. I try to 'reserve' white spots - meaning that I do not use white paint, I just try to keep that piece of the paper clear of all paint.

I also try not to use black in any of my artworks - watercolor, oil or acrylic. I have a grey colour for my watercolors, but I only use it on pieces where grey is requested - and sometimes I'm still even able to mix a sort of grey from my colours. For the other two mediums, I just mix a certain red and green together to get a colour similar to black, but without that 'empty' feeling. I do use black to paint the sides of my gallery canvas' when requested, but that's not really 'part' of the painting. Thus, in watercolour - since I'm not using any white or black - I'm completely painting in all 'true' colours, which I'm sort of proud of :) That being said, everyone has their own way of painting, and I would never judge anyone for their way - that's the beauty about painting, the diversity among all painters.

1 comment:

  1. This is so interesting! I love the You tube video. Thanks for sharing!