Thursday, July 7, 2011

Playing with water

Hello all.  Thanks so much for stopping in and leaving comments!  It is truly appreciated and inspiring.

Lately, I've been in the mood for some watercolors.  I tend to be on the lazy side when using watercolor or gouache.  I like to use lots of water, push it around, see what happens.  And rather than being overly worried about the outcome as I often am (like am I taking the water too far or losing details I want to keep), I just went for it.

Minimal colors, in this first one just black.  The next one I'm not as pleased with:

Little too much paint but I might be able to use it in something else.  And then this last one is something I like to call a game changer:

Game changers are pieces that I feel have taken me somewhere new.  It answers some questions I've had about my work and gives me some direction to where I want to go next.  Sometimes I ignore the game changers, but I've found they have a way of coming back up again.  Telling me not to ignore them.  Here is another one that comes back to me frequently:

And actually it is particularly that lower section:

Not so much what is in it, exactly, but how I did it.  It evolved.  I also like the simplicity of the colors and all that thick texture.

I'm definitely going to do some more watercolors and gouache paintings and see what comes of it.

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