I had the opportunity to introduce Alcohol Ink Dreamscaping to a guest over the weekend. This art major now in her early thirties, like so many of us, had let art-making get away from her. Believe me, I understand. It takes discipline and resolve to keep creating art vital when working full-time.
I gave a few pointers and encouraged her to experiment. She took to it right away, fascinated with the moving fluidity, transparent brightness and instant responsiveness of the inks.
In the process of sharing with her, I ran across a few of my earlier Dreamscapes that I thought were lacking something and decided to redo one of them to demonstrate how forgiving alcohol inks can be.
Above is Dreamscape No. 277, 5×7, created in Nov. 2012 during my orange and blue period. Adirondack Sailboat Blue and Sunset Orange are a hard to beat combination.
Here is the Dreamscape No. 277 Redo that took about 60-90 seconds. I added alcohol to the sky, dropped-in sailboat blue and the tiniest bit of Rich Gold into the land shapes. Tilted the surface and let gravity do the rest. I like it so much better and have been pondering why. I narrowed it down to these three reasons.
- Wider range of values: light, mid and dark
- Some of the original shapes juxtaposed with newer, more interesting shapes
- Atmospheric quality achieved by lighter values and softer edges in the distance
When I asked her the next morning what she liked most about Alcohol Ink Dreamscaping, she said, “I didn’t have to think. I know about planning and executing. This was just relaxing and fun.”
I think she left inspired and will continue. I hope so.