Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Undersea, step one.


This is step one for an undersea painting I started a few weeks ago. I wet the paper on both sides and while it was really wet I started adding the colors. Then I added various items to make textures; torn wax paper, coffee filters, rice papers, and gauze for the stringy stuff. This is my favorite way to make an under painting or background. I planned ahead that it would have turtles, fish, coral, shells and rocks. I have used salt for texture, too but I'm getting away from that because I've been told that it will attract moisture, especially in our FL humidity.
I have another picture of it as it has progressed and will post that tomorrow.

Sunday, March 28, 2010

Those Piles of Old Paintings


I have what my son calls "lots of inventory". Sometimes I look through it for ideas and to evaluate what went wrong, what worked. I did a half sheet watercolor of pink poppies years ago and it was nice but not too exciting. As I looked at it I thought the three poppies near the top would look nice framed by themselves. I cut them right out of the picture and darkened the sky around them. I think they will make an attractive note card and a nice 8X10 piece. Perhaps I can try a Myrna Wacknov experiment with the rest of the painting, a little gesso, a little collage and who knows? It may turn out good or it may just be a fun exercise.

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I started watercolor painting earnestly in 1991 after I moved to Florida. My husband and I are retired, and we are both artists. We both have works displayed  at the Wildchild Gallery in Matlacha Florida.