Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Orb Of Genius

This was another small study that will be a gift to a new friend, when we finally get a chance to get together.  I am enjoying these so much! Perhaps the pleasure I feel is rather akin to the memory of a good dream I just woke up from.

Monday, February 16, 2015

Competing Winds

Flipping through my notebook of pigment spill pages, this one caught my eye this afternoon.  I love that sensation when the scene begins to emerge the longer I meditate on the patterns. This one looked pretty stormy.

Sunday, February 15, 2015

Water Woman On Buffalo

More play with color and texture.  This time within the boundaries of the subject. 

Thursday, February 12, 2015

Hawk's Conference

As time goes on and I find my own unique way of organizing and creating with watercolor, personal innovations emerge serendipitously.  The Franklin Planner, which I can't take credit for using this way (Maria Coryell-Martin sells these kits for Watercolor artists, I make my own), has been a great way to organize exactly the papers I want to carry with me.  And from there, I discovered cutting up and punching Franklin Planner-sized, Pigment Spilled watercolor papers that I could eventually finish with details done in water-soluble colored pencil or ink.  

And of course, more recently, I've cut loose and begun playing with the actual patterns on the Spills, mostly that were created by the rock salt in contact with the wet paper.  My historic portrait and fantasy critter experience jumps right in at that point, as I see faces screaming to be brought out!  

Not long ago, a number of the other students on Sketchbook Skool had gotten into swapping trading Artist Trading Cards through the mail (even overseas).  I enjoyed that a great deal, also.  It's interesting how one's personal style and medium often draws (no pun intended...or maybe just a little one) upon a range of past experiences.  It didn't take much thinking for me to decide that the small (2.5" x 3.5") watercolor cards cut from that same Spilled Pigment paper could be carried around in the Franklin Planner's credit card slots, and when riding in the car or sitting, waiting for food at a cafe, I can pull one out and stare at it until something emerges.  This allows me to play with ideas on a small scale before working large.  

I wish I could give you some background on story behind this particular impulsive piece. Maybe you've got a story that springs to mind!

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Jim's Birthday

A quick painting I did, 4" x 6", for the front of Jim's birthday card. Of course that's me, stroking the beard of my handsome groundhog.  More like a fox, if you ask me.