My test palette became a pleasent surprise

My husband and I moved in September, and I hate to admit it but I still have some boxes that I haven’t unpacked yet. This past weekend I decided to tackle them and while going through the first one (the only one) I rediscovered two small journals of handmade watercolor paper that were a gift from a good friend of mine, Marcelo Macedo (he’s an amazing multidisciplinary artist). I got distracted from the task at hand and decided to take apart these little books and use the paper to do some small works with acrylic and oil pastel. I just started painting again last March (after more than ten years focusing in other creative areas), so everything is new, everything is a learning experience. Colored oil pastels for example (as opposed to only black), I really love the way the cut through the wet acrylic.

462 463 Jayelle Hudson 2015 acrylic diptych on paper

Normally I don’t test my colors, I just mix them directly in a container or tray, but this time I laid out a large piece of watercolor paper and decided to use it as my test palette. There is something so freeing about globbing paint on paper entirely without care. I noticed my focus slowly moving towards the palette, and at the end of the session I was freely scattering and dripping dirty water on top of the palette. In the end I trimmed the white edges and found something new. What do you think?

464 Jayelle Hudson 2015 25(5)x30cm acrylic on paper

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