Today’s watercolor experiment:
I used to be a photographer. One of my favorite things to do was to walk around the city seeking the unusual: an old storefront, handwritten signs, graffiti… anything that caught my eye. That was when I lived in New York City. Never a dull moment.
Now I live in California, Silicon Valley to be precise. I haven’t found much to photograph or to draw on a day-to-day basis, so I resort to painting what is on my mind. Sometimes I want to represent my emotional state in visual terms. This difficult, but can be very rewarding.
On most days however, I need a prompt to jump start my creative process. Lately I have been doing this with a random splashing of masking fluid on watercolor paper. Sometimes the mask inspires a color scheme; sometimes I already have one in mind.
Today the masking stage consisted of droplets (as I scraped the remaining latex from my old bottle). I moved the paper around to steer a stream of latex into a pattern. Then I jarred the paper sharply in two different directions.
This is the result:
It is difficult to see, but the drops reminded me of stars in the sky. I had the idea of making the background very dark, but also making a transition across the page. I used the color scheme from yesterday.
This is the composition after the first application of watercolors:
I added emphasis to the masked drips by dripping watery paint on them. This caused red blooms on the blue half of the paper and blue blooms on the red half.
I wanted to darken the colors, but I had to very careful that the second wash didn’t remove the bloom patterns.
I always love removing the latex to see the crisp white patters it left behind:
The final step was to add color to the white patterns. I used ink to fill them in:
I like this composition. It reminds me of something celestial. Stars made of matter on the blue side and antimatter on the red side, perhaps? A black hole with string theory strings of 10 dimensions in between the red and blue fields? I like both of those ideas.
Perhaps you, dear reader have another interpretation.