SO YOU SAY YOU WERE IN MEXICO?
YES, HOW CAN YOU TELL?
My first attempt at this watercolor needed some help. On inspection this morning, the painting was too static. I ran it under the faucet very quickly holding it level, blotted quickly so as not to pick up much and let it dry. Then I went back into it with watercolor on the dry surface, let that dry, and then went in with pastels. I probably should have left well enough alone, but the first attempt was lifeless; the forms were just sitting there motionless. I shook the "under-painting" up and "over-painted" while someone played the maracus.
These were busy days this last short week adjusting to working at art. Spontaneous, warm-up watercolors are a delightful way to spend an hour, even when they turn out so cute you could throw up! My other studio hours are being divided between another "big boy" canvas of my woods, winter of course, and a commissioned portrait. You will see the "big boy" painting when it's finished. (I'm going for foggy). You will never see the portrait. The commission was given by a very private person who really loved her pup who was sadly run over by a texting mom in a black Hummer late to pick up her kids from swim practice. My client doesn't want to share her pet's image with anyone, but me. God bless dog lovers everywhere!
Have a good weekend everybody. I'm going to see the Rembrandt Exhibit at the DIA (Detroit Institute of Arts). I was never much of a fan, but the landsman painted a lot of pictures of another landsmen of mine who is revered by many world-wide. I thought I take a look.
ADDENDUM: A WEAK WATERCOLOR GETS OVER PAINTED
Having never been able to tolerate weak work, I went back into a floral. Darker looks better to me--it's still a wrapping paper print, but it has more depth. It wouldn't have had if I had not been confined to my studio by my housekeeper who had torn up the rest of the place and given me no where else to go! Sometimes it takes a Swifter stick in your back. How about you? Do you give up on poor work and trash it or see if something else can be done?