The function of the overwhelming majority of your artwork is to simply train you how to make the small portion that soars.
Art and Fear, page 5, David Bayles and Ted Orland
Wednesday, January 09, 2013
Challenge paintings # 4 and 5
New Year Angel Watercolor on gesso background, 7X15
I decided that the backgrounds I made of thinned gesso over old watercolor paintings would be a good canvas for my challenge paintings. It eliminates the need for a background and makes me stretch my imagination for subjects to be compatible with them. This New Year Angel is done in watercolor over the gesso. She is holding a basket of fruit to symbolize prosperity in the New Year.
Acrylic and collage on gesso textured paper
Number 5 is another one done on gesso-textured paper. I love painting pears and this one seemed to fit right in that spot. The moon face in the upper right is a collage piece, the other areas were scraped and stamped into the gesso when it was wet. A friend looked at it after I painted it and said, "A pear suddenly appeared in the city". I guess the grid shapes do look like buildings.
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.