The bold application of purple overwhelmed the original slim, wavy red and blue brushstrokes. I like the enveloping light blue washes that provide balance to the central tangle.
The aimless scribble with which I began this piece turned into half of the tragedy-comedy mask (the smiley half). This is a mask that can be worn with ribbons.
Lately I’ve been starting my abstracts with slashes of a brush loaded with paint. I laid in some of the curvy lines to fit in between. The curved lines suggested a directionality, a flow. I added blue to suggest water.
I began this experiment with a sweeping blue arc, then a minor gray blob. If you rotate the canvas below by 90 degrees counter-clockwise, you can see that the original brushstrokes trace the outline of a skull. I toyed with the idea of constructing an abstract portrait, but those first brush marks did not inspire […]
I decided to ease back into watercolor this year. A while ago I poured some latex watercolor resist (frisket) onto a 12×16″ block of watercolor paper. On each occasion that I passed by the studio, I saw the frisket design and thought about how to develop it. On new year’s day I started painting. When […]
I tried two different types of shading in the study below. The blues vary from very dark to light blue by adding titanium white. I used very little water in creating the transition. On the other hand, I laid down a watery yellow and added red at the blue border to generate an orange color […]
I tried some glazing techniques with this abstract.