For now, I have abandoned the idea that self expression can arise from an unlinking of an artist’s intellect from his skills and tools. Two individuals, one from the scientific community and one from the art community observed the fact that visual feedback is key to realizing an artist’s mental vision. On the other hand, I appreciate Liz’s comment the other day (Old Habits post), in which she noted that some of the best artwork she has seen was from kindergarten students experimenting with wet-on-wet watercolor techniques. Kindergarteners are probably closer in touch with how they feel than adults, and less likely to think about what they are doing. I suppose that among the beautiful pictures, there are those that aren’t so pretty… everyone knows that too many mixed colors make ‘mud pies’. Even if an adult thinks too much, she can take a lesson from a kindergartener: do a lot of artwork and see what works and what doesn’t.
In contrast to previous watercolors that I have done, I am trying to paint non-representational pictures. What seems to work for me is dripping the liquid latex on a 4×6 or 5×7 block of paper, let it dry, use wet-on-wet for the background, pen and ink to outline the shapes after removing the resist, and painting contrasting colors dry on dry, for the most part on the white shapes. I used that technique in the two paintings below.
Perhaps the physics of the liquid latex on that small scale (surface tension and limited area on which to spread), has something to do with the similar looking canvases.
I like the look of these two and look forward to doing many more.
4×6 140# cold pressed
5×7 140# cold pressed