Last summer, I was curated into a really fun show at the City of Chandler’s Vision Gallery, where I took on the challenge of creating a piece inspired by an object from the Chandler History Museum’s permanent collection. I was a little nervous about working from a prompt- I’m used to just following my own artistic whims and fancies- but my fears were quelled when I laid my eyes on this object from their collection:
I immediately knew what to do. I thought back on the vanity mirror as a site of girlhood experimentation and exploration. I wanted to recreate that messy, naive feeling of exploring feminine rituals before fully understanding them. Thus, “Mommy’s Lipstick” was born:
It was a fun challenge to adhere to a prompt/theme while still remaining within my own personal artistic wheelhouse.
Got a swee spot by the windows
I’m excited to participate in the exhibition again this Summer, with a new piece inspired by the vanity mirror!
I’m beginning to notice a pattern wherein during the times when I don’t quite know what to paint with my “core” work, i.e my oil paintings, I frequently retreat to fiddling around with watercolor. Although, like a lot of painters whose preference is to work in oils, watercolor’s unpredictability and permanence tends to frustrate me. However, over the years of working off and on with the medium, I’ve started to get more comfortable. Not to mention, I work small and on pretty inexpensive (none of that 300lb stuff) paper, so I’m okay with it not turning out great every time and simply being happy when it does.
Previously, I’ve only been interested in non-objective forays into watercolor. Recently, however, I’ve become interested in portraiture. Stylized, of course.
Doe Eyes, watercolor on hot press. By Megan Koth. Prints, etc. available from my store.
Doe Eyes III, watercolor on hot press. By Megan Koth. Prints, etc available from my store.
Sometimes, it can be beneficial to use a medium that you’re not all that invested in. Although it doesn’t always work out, during the times that it does, the results can be refreshingly interesting.