I don’t consider myself an abstract artist, and I’m not even sure this is considered abstract art, but I really enjoyed making it.
I love watercolor, but I’m finding the learning curve pretty steep. In fact, watercolor is what drove me to drawing, because I found that it took longer to do the underdrawing for a flower than it did to paint it. This was done with watercolor pencils. I got a set of Derwent watercolor pencils for my anniversary last year (it was the only thing I wanted). I fell in love with them right away, because they allowed me to have the control of a pencil with some of the feeling and effect of watercolor paint.
I learned a great technique from The Frugal Crafter’s YouTube videos, which is to touch the pencil tip with a wet brush, and paint using the pencils as your palette. I experimented with the technique with tulips, which are pretty simple to draw, and found that I liked the look of the flowers better without the leaves. I was painting at the local Open Studio one night with just a few pencils, and since I had a couple shades of blue, I decided to have them growing out of clouds. (Maybe next time I’ll try adding the leaves, and I’ll just change them up a bit to make them a little less clunky.)
Now that I think about it, it would be cool to pick a few colors at random, take them and a watercolor sketchbook to a coffee shop, and just see what comes out. I’d have never come up with this painting otherwise, and I like the clouds better than a flowerpot or a vase….or maybe it’s just my weird sense of what’s pretty.
Returning to the human form tomorrow, and I hope you’ll stop by then. Go make something, and have fun! Clouds like this only rain tulip petals. 🙂