Today’s watercolor experiment:
I just love my new frisket (also known as masking fluid). The liquid latex that I used previously was pretty viscous. That made for interesting drops and splashes when poured, but the traces tended to be course when I would tilt the paper to encourage the fluid to run across the paper.
The frisket I now use is not viscous at all. For today’s experiment, I used an eye dropper to suck up the masking fluid and squirt it onto the paper. After doing so, I shook and jarred the paper to allow the fluid to form fine lines.
Here is the first stage of today’s composition including masking fluid and the first washes:
The masking fluid traces looked like lines of fracture emanating from one source. This caused me to think about a sunset interrupted by lightning or cracks in space. I wanted to achieve a transition from blue at the top of the paper to red at the bottom. I used Prussian blue, Hansa yellow deep and cadmium red light as the colors of my sunset. Payne’s gray colored the bottom right corner. After the first wash dried, the colors faded.
I glazed the composition several more times to end up with this:
I darkened the blue at the top by adding the deep indanthrone blue. I used several different yellows including aureolin and lemon yellow.
The composition looked like this after I removed the frisket:
Instead of leaving the white areas blank, I opted to use my inks to fill them in. The idea was to use ink the white traces with colors complementary to the background.
Here is the final stage of today’s study:
My original idea of a fractured sunset did not hold up. Instead, the thought occurred to me that this abstract could represent a giant splat of cosmic proportions. This idea may have leaked through my subconscious after reading that the Large Hadron Collider is about to start slamming proton beams into each other again, at extremely high energy.
Maybe among the fine traces of my frisket is a Higgs Boson.