Today’s watercolor experiment:
I bought a new brush today. I never had one like it before. It a 3/4″ oval wash brush. The bristles are about an inch long and they area smooth and flexible.
I started today’s watercolor by using this brush to see how it works. After I soaked the paper with water, I used perinone orange, which I have found disperses like crazy on a wet field, to trace out a profile. The smoothness of the brush translated directly to how it paints the paper: smooth as silk.
I doubled the 3/4″ outline with another stroke, this time using cadmium orange, and yet another stroke using a warm orange (which was more on the red side). Perhaps as a result of my Janus study, I thought of painting another profile facing the other way. I wasn’t thinking of the Janus character however, but rather the concept of introspection. The second profile is contained within the first profile.
I painted the outside the inner-looking profile, with a blue black mixture, which sometimes is how I feel inside. The outside of the outward-looking profile is tinted with quinacridone purple.
The dichotomy of an inward and outward-looking profile got me thinking of division. In geometry, I used to love bisecting lines using a compass. Setting the compass radius to the length of the line to be sectioned, and placing the point of the compass on one end of the line, I would draw an arc. Repeating the process with the compass point on the other end of the line, the arcs would intersect above and below the line. Drawing a line from one arc intersect to the other would bisect the original line.
In today’s study, I didn’t actually bisect the line. However the idea behind overlaying this faux geometry on my watercolor sketch, was to look at introspection as a kind of bisect of one’s view of the world: an outlook, which everyone understand; and, to coin a phrase, an ‘inlook’, my word for introspection, or introvertedness.
Behold, Introspection Bisection: