The page that went from playing, to Beetlejuice, to Alice in Wonderland – let me (try) explain
I know I said here that sometimes there are no explainations, but I really feel I ought to try.
Ok so tonight started out like usual, playing with paint in my journal. Tonight I was going to try to limit my colour pallette and stick to a few colours. I started out well with my Golden gesso for white, and Golden carbon black and azurite. I thought the page was interesting but needed something. I found my Catalyst tools and started playing. Then I added Windsor & Newton deep turquoise and Pebeo cadmium green. And some Golden fluid acrylic in hansa yellow. And kept going with the Catalyst tool. It was fun.
And it didn’t quite look right like the flower stems so. It really, really, really reminded me of something. Took me a minute to figure it out. Sandworms. Specifially, the sandworms from the Beetlejuice cartoon. And then the theme song started playing in my head. I really didn’t want that every time I looked at this page – it’s supposed to be all about the texture tonight! So I added the red.
It’s a mix of alizarin Crimson and Naphthol Crimson (Luliquitex professional). But, again. Not right. This time all I could think of was, “we’re painting the roses red…” and “who’s been painting my roses red…” and “OFF WITH HER HEAD!”
So there it is. I can never not think about these things when I look at this page now. The thoughts were planted and even if I were to cover it and redo the page, I’d know. And, honestly? If it made me laugh, why would I do that?