Discarded Art

I’ve been picking at two gouache paintings for practice for a long time now, and I put a few more layers on last week and I’m just sick of looking at them now. So I’m setting them aside before they’re finished. Giving up? Yes, but they were just for practice anyway, and I learned some interesting techniques and areas I need to strengthen, and it served the purpose of getting me used to painting in the medium again. I’m going to share them even though they aren’t “done”.


Eyes – Copyright 2016, Kat Micari

This one was a practice in painting flesh and eyes. ┬áIt was getting there, but needs some more shading. Part of my problem is the watercolor paper I’m using isn’t that great. I actually really enjoy using gouache on illustration board and that is what I’ll be doing some bigger projects in.


Daisies in Her Footsteps – Copyright 2016, Kat Micari

This one was an idea from the Ben Folds Five song “Kate”, taking the line ‘Daisies in her footsteps’. The idea is a cute one but could have been better executed. I’m confident I got the shape of the foot right but there needs a lot more shading to get it to look 3 dimensional, and I just am not feeling it anymore.

I get to do art for me so rarely that I need to move on to more soul-deep, meaningful work. Has that ever happened to any of you? You chip away at a project, and give up before coming to the end? I hate feeling like I’m throwing in the towel, but I need to.

Their Eyes, a poem

I see thousands
Of children
And one out of every
Five hundred or so
Reminds me of you.
The tilt of your head,
The grace of controlled movement,
But mostly it’s in
Their eyes.
Deep, liquid pools
That meet my gaze
And draw me in.
I can’t help but imagine
What you were like at their age.
I feel a loss,
An inexplicable grief,
Poignant and true.

Copyright 2015, Kat Micari