Love is All Around

Many of my paintings so far this year are the result of a rather dull palette.  I have also used only two or three different brushes to create my paint strokes. In today’s experiment I changed things around  by starting with a very bright red (cadmium red), and a wide fan brush. I have used fan brushes to create tree shapes in some of my previous watercolors.

This is the one of the beginning stages of today’s watercolor.

Watercolor: Abstract - Love is All Around, Early Stage

Love is All Around, Early Stage

Originally the idea of this experiment was to explore color blending, so I mixed several different blues and yellows with the red. I put down some more areas of color, and I counterbalanced the original curvy red shape with a heart shape in the lower right corner.

Watercolor: Abstract - Love is All Around 4

Love is All Around, Intermediate Stage

I also put down more linear elements that echoed the lines originally made by the fan brush. At this point the work didn’t look finished. I added more lines to close in the original heart shape, carmine red in the upper corner to bring the shape elements forward. Finally I added dark green as a compliment to the red surround. This became the central shape of the piece.

Watercolor: Abstract - Love is All Around

Love is All Around
Watercolor Abstract
16″x12″ 140# Cold Pressed Watercolor Block

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