Exploring some squiggly lines in 12×12 inch watercolor paintings.
I usually consider that spring has arrived when our neighbor’s gorgeous saucer magnolia tree blooms, and that happened about February 7th this year — a bit early, I think. That’s also usually the same time that the redbuds start to bloom, and they bloomed beautifully, but now the blooms are gone. I didn’t even take any pictures of those this year, for no good reason(!).
But it has seemed to be cooler this spring than other years of late, and I know some of you have still been getting some snow! So, in celebration of a gorgeous spring for everyone (in this hemisphere), here’s another new painting.
OK, so most of them are small or very small little watercolors on paper. I am trying to do one every day, but sometimes, the larger works (and life, too) consume me completely. Still, I find doing one of these almost every day to be a very good exercise. I have to keep finding new images, new arrangements, new palette choices to put on paper. Invention happens. 🙂
A little confection for Easter.
I thought I’d try out the Sennelier watercolor block I discovered the other day buried in my studio. Watercolor is a medium I’m not terribly familiar with. I did maybe 10-12 large watercolor still lifes back in the late ’80s, but otherwise, I have mostly avoided it — except for small watercolor pencil drawings (paintings?) over the last few years — until just a few weeks ago.
This time, I soaked the paper pretty thoroughly, taped it down, and started to paint. Hours later, the paper was still mostly wet, and the colors were still bleeding. So, this is messier than I’m completely comfortable with, but there it is, FWIW.
From earlier this month — I almost had to throw this one away, but I think I more or less saved this watercolor with the judicious addition of a bit of gouache…and more stuff!
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.