Tuesday, March 29, 2011
A Day Playing in Water
A full day playing in water--laundry, painting with acrylics, painting with watercolors, washing up after both--is rough on your hands, but exhilarating for your soul--particularly the painting. The most fun, of course, was the challenge of watercolor I've taken on seriously again.
The cover of Bazaar's March 2011 issue was my inspiration for this draw-free, wet into wet painting. The strong contrast of the black and white panda costume, the model in the nude colored dress and the orange and red with a touch of green background was attractive. I think the painting came out alright--better than Sunday's. The colors are more vibrant. They're the tube colors I picked up Sunday afternoon after my first get serious painting, Spider Mums, where I used the pad set from the supermarket. I felt better about that painting last night after I read never to expect to make a strong painting with watercolors. Strong painting is one of my attributes, so weaker coloration will get some some getting used to--unless along the way I decide to throw in some India ink as I did as a kid.
Wet into wet satisfies my need for spontaneity and colors running into colors, but I learned with Panda that there is definitely a time to let dry. I'm not exactly sure when that is ye. I've concluded the drying time varies with each painting pending the results I'm after. Doesn't take a genius. No formulas here. Each day a new rediscovery. Plod on is all.
In my acrylic session I concentrated on the left-hand lower corner of
Fall Woods., I'm back to the inch by inch approach here. Wet into wet was the totally wrong turn to take with this one if it's to be part of the quad-tyck. Being freshest in the AM, acrylics is perfect for that time slot. Standing, painting and dancing, though exhilarating, is physically exhausting. I like to go into it with all I've got. I get to sit with watercolors.
Acrylics in the morning, watercolors in the afternoon with exercise in between was a very full day. One that I enjoyed. As I was cleaning up, I was still involved with the two different approaches--particularly watercolor. while shampooing and reshaping the brushes, a thought popped into my head that I had never seen any of the women in the watercolor class I sat in on use a spray bottle. Now why was that? My spray bottle is a valuable piece of equipment with both acrylics and watercolors I thought as I refilled it. How come those watercolorists were never re-dampening their paper? There's an order to this watercolor business that I'm not aware of yet--yet the spray bottle had worked nicely for me... Oh well, a couple hundred paintings more and I'll get it. Off went the lights and off was I to dinner: broiled salmon/mustard sauce, acorn squash and asparagus, health food, nowhere near as yummy as the Good and Plenty I polished off over the weekend.