Today’s watercolor experiment:
I had nothing in mind to paint today. When that happens, I get my inspiration by just getting started. Sometimes I do this by dipping my brush in a color that suits my fancy and stroking it across the paper. Perhaps the color or the shape of the stroke will inspire my next step.
Today I used latex resist as my starting point. Instead of dripping it from a great height and risk splashing, I poured it close to the paper and tilted the paper this way and that, to steer the liquid into a pleasing pattern, before I let it dry.
Then I started by applying terra verte. This particular color, or at least the brand I have in my paintbox (Winsor Newton), requires quite a bit of pigment to render any color at all. It is very light. I used granular paints, Moonglow (Daniel Smith) and burnt sienna for the background, applying quite a bit of pigment and water so that they would stream over the latex resist. I also used a bit of cobalt turquoise in the mix. I used English yellow very carefully in the lower portion of the composition so that the delicate drip traces would not be disturbed.
In contrast to the drippy earth tones, I wanted to use solid colors for the white spaces created when I removed the latex.
I applied calligraphy inks and Winsor Newton inks with a brush, to the white pattern.
I would have liked a bit more contrast between the bold inked areas and the softer earth tones, but I do like this composition the way it turned out. Perhaps in a future experiment, more intricacy in the white areas (with an ink pen?) would add the contrast lacking in this composition.
I like your amalgamation of colors. Very nice work indeed.
Thank you so much. I appreciate your comment.
I love the explanation of each step, and you use beautiful colors. Very nice work.
Thank you for your comment. Sometimes the experiments work out.
Your abstracts are becoming eve more interesting, Jack. I’d have to say that ‘Stage 1’ appeals to me the most!
Hahaha… another case of ‘should have quit whilst I was ahead’? I often think that, Sarah. At least I have a photo of it even if it no longer exists in real life. It would be interesting to preserve a still-latex-coated paper as a final piece, observing how it changes with time… but that is whole different story. Thank you so much for your observation and comment!
Tell me about it – even though digital art allows me to back in stages, it’s never quite the same!
your work always catches my eye, heartfelt and warm, with integrity 🙂
Thank you so much, Liz. I’m honored. I love your work.
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just like the idea and the relativity of it