For this painting, I picked a set of colors that were more subdued than my usual bright fare; I’m surprised at how bright they seem anyway.
The problem with working in watercolor is if you get the colors wrong, there’s not a lot you can do to fix it. Initially, I got the colors wrong on this one. I had painted the webby type stuff in the background twice, ending up with a kind of burnt sienna (red-brown) color on the third layer of webbery. Not only did it clash with the more jewel like colors of the foreground imagery, but it made the whole piece very busy, and you couldn’t really distinguish foreground from background.
Sooooo, I tried lifting the color with water (didn’t work well), then lightly with a sponge (nope), then with a bit of light and careful scrubbing with a sponge (better), and finally, I gave up all hope of making this piece work and washed it under running water.
Yes, I washed a watercolor painting. It’s on paper, you know. This is why I love the heavy Raffine “sketch” paper I’m using; it’s tough! And has a lovely texture. 🙂
I took care not to pill the paper as I lightly helped some of the paint off of it, let it dry, and then had to repaint most of the foreground “characters,” while adding a third. And now I rather like it.
Hope I don’t get myself into this predicament again, but if I do, I know what to do now.
After the crazy looseness and unpredictability of the Fraccidental series, my fingers itched for a bit of tightness, and this is what happened. Named after the earworm running through my head during the entire creation of this piece.
A few weeks ago, I started 3 new series of very small works on paper. The first series I’m calling “Fraccidental Paintings.” Well, they’re not really the first in this series, because I did about 4 of these in 2011.
I’m using watercolor and inks and a variety of other media on very wet paper, and the inks do really cool fractally things when they hit the paper (hence the title of the series).
Working this way is kind of like when I worked in encaustic: there are some things I have control over and some things I don’t. I should buy a video camera, so I can shoot this process; it’s really cool the way the pigments in the various media interact, and I especially like watching that moment when the ink overcomes a certain resistance and suddenly floods into the wetness of the paper. 🙂
For today’s FirstFridayArtWalk over on Google+, here is the first oil painting I’ve completed this year that I’m happy with. 🙂
It’s also my first attempt to interpret my recent watercolor mini-painting series into an oil painting, and I’ve pushed myself in several other ways with this one, too. Perhaps a bit too much pushing for one painting, but I do like it and I’m ready to try another, having learned a few things though this work.
Forgive the slight sheen on this one. I will need to try and take a better photo later.
I started 3 more small sketches for watercolor paintings in the last day or two, erased one of them, ignored the second, and painted only this one. This didn’t turn out quite the way I envisioned, but I like it anyway, and it is inspiring a new set of oil paintings that I hope will be rather successful, but we’ll all have to wait and see on that. 🙂
Here’s another new one this week continuing in the sort of hippie theme. 🙂
I feel like I’m on a roll, and it feels great!
My husband said something the other day that has had me tickled ever since. He said basically something like, if I weren’t doing these little paintings, they wouldn’t exist. They could only come from my own particular take on the world. So, yay me!
I think that’s true of all artists (of all flavors – painters, musicians, writers, etc.) who are following their inner need to create, rather than trying to respond to the marketplace. I think of all the painters, writers, and musicians without whom the world would be a much poorer place. Too bad our society makes it so hard for artists to survive by doing their art.
So, if you are an artist, keep that in mind: you are (hopefully) adding something of beauty or importance to the world by following your true creative voice, something that would not be in the world without your endeavors. 🙂
Anyway, I have taken forever to find that thing inside that needs expression, and of course, it keeps developing. I’m glad I started with representation, but I’m even more glad that I’ve moved past that. I’m really grooving on these shapes, compositions, and color combinations that I discover by the drawing and painting of them. Something like these little painting studies will probably make it onto large canvases in oil, and I’m really looking forward to that, too, but I may not be done with this round of little studies yet.
So here is another original work from the slightly twisted mind of yours truly. 🙂
I had a lot of fun with this one. Stayed up all night working on it, and then worked on it some more. It’s surprising how long these little paintings take, but also quite enjoyable. And it feels good to be completing a few small things to show you. This makes my 12th piece of the year, so far; I have 9 more studies for larger works that I probably won’t be posting until the larger works are done to my satisfaction. Patience. 🙂