For a few days now I have been working on my tulip watercolor. I want to take it slow, though colorful and surreal ideas keep popping into my head. Patterns, reality, unreality, fantasy, flowers, they are all going to make it into this painting, but I have to take it slow.
When teaching painting students, one thing they quickly realize is that in watercolor, you must be patient. Mistakes are difficult to correct.
My painting takes me on a journey. My work speaks to me as to what is next, but I must take my time and really listen.
The final painting will come, with time and an ear to the painting.
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I have had the goal in the past few months of going into my painting studio for at least an hour a day no matter what. It hasn’t always worked out, but for the most part it has. I have been able to start developing my colorist painting style more intensely with my watercolors and oils.
This painting is a watercolor that I started last week from some magnolias I picked from my friend’s garden.They were big and luscious and fragrant. Crying out for big exposure, I had to grab my larger pad of watercolor and paint at my easel. I painted with a larger brush in swaths of color. Opera pink, magenta, orange, alizarin crimson, cadmium red took over the picture plane. I felt happy. Then today I went into my studio, put on Fiona Apple on my speakers and just painted. I love it, what do you think?
Whimsical colorful nature in the spring!
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This is a video of a short talk I gave at DaVinci Art Alliance in Philadelphia in April 2013 about the appeal of color to the artist and the viewer.
I have been busy painting. Yes, in oils and people! I have fallen in love with painting faces, and for some reason, I love painting the female face. In fact, I am in the midst of developing a gallery show about women. I will keep you abreast of this exciting development!
A print of my newest woman is on sale in my Art Shoppe for an opening price of 40% off! Check it out!
I am a little late with my week word, but I am happily participating! This week’s word is provided by The Gift Shed, check it out for other people’s take on this word.
The dictionary definition for catharsis is “the process of releasing, and thereby providing relief from, strong or repressed emotions.” This word nestles itself right into the art world. How many artists had to paint that painting or make that sculpture to release their emotion about something??
I will give a personal example. After my father died in 1996, I felt I couldn’t pick up a paint brush. My friend, artist Bill Scott, told me to get any painting that was partially finished and just work on it. It didn’t matter, he said, what I did to it specifically, just paint and see what happens. I took an old watercolor I had started in a workshop and I added some flowers and a background. I realized, one vase had only 1 flower and the other had several. And, the background I chose was black, which I rarely do. It was a colorful joyful painting with a message of longing. I have titled it, “Wish You Were Here”.
Read more at : Week Word, Oh.