Watercolor on Aquabord, Take Three: May Madness Day 19

Playing with blues and greens and puddles of water on another 4 x 4″ Aquabord by Ampersand. I’m finding this surface lots of fun for abstract work, and wondering how it would be if I wanted to paint realistically in watercolor. Has anyone tried it for that?   I don’t mind staying in abstract mode one bit, though, having loads of fun with it!    This kind of reminds me of a tree, I’d love to know if it makes you think of anything in particular.   I may go over it, give it a bit more zing!   Maybe even in acrylic, haven’t decided yet.

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Not sure if anyone noticed there is a new button on my site.    After mulling this over for many months, I’ve decided to become a Blick Art Materials affiliate.   I’ve been singing their praises for almost a year and a half, and none of that is going to change, so I figured why not?   If you find my art supply experiments helpful, and you’d like to support my site (and please, only if you’re planning to buy art supplies anyway), consider clicking the button on my sidebar to the right, and ordering from Dick Blick.   A small percentage of your purchase goes to support what I’m doing here.

Here’s why I’ve dealt with them almost exclusively since becoming an art addict almost two years ago:

  1.   Their prices are usually the lowest, and if on some item they aren’t, they will price match any major supplier.   Simply put a link to the better deal in the delivery instructions box when ordering online, and you’ll get it.
  2.  They have a “no questions asked” return policy.    I have placed many (maybe too many hehe) orders, and I’ve returned things that I don’t like.   It doesn’t have to be defective.   It doesn’t have to be unopened.   And you don’t have to explain why.    They just credit your payment method, and you are done.    This is why I’m so adventurous with supplies.   What have I got to lose?   If I don’t like the paper, the brush, paint, whatever it is……I just send it back.    Defective items?   Doesn’t happen often, but when it does, they get a replacement out to you right away.
  3.  When you call them, you will speak to someone in the US.   I love people of all nationalities, races, etc., but when I need to get information to make a buying decision, or I have a problem with something I’ve ordered, I really prefer speaking to someone for whom English is their first language.   It saves me time.     So many companies are shipping jobs overseas, and I vote with my dollar, or at least that’s how I see it.   So I really love to patronize companies who hire people here.   It makes me feel good.
  4. I’m still new to art.   I’ve learned a lot, but there’s a ton more I don’t know.   Any question at all, not sure what to buy?   All you have to do is call 800.933.2542 and you will talk to a Blick product specialist (artist) who can help you out.    They’re very knowledgeable and extremely helpful.   And they send free samples!   What’s not to like?!
  5. Friendly, courteous customer service.   Always.   I have never had a problem with anyone at Blick, ever.   Very efficient, and great attitudes.    (Can you imagine working for an art supply place?   I’d probably be bankrupt, but I’d be happy, lol!)

I could go on and on, but I’ve taken up enough of your time.   I do love them, I’ve dealt with them long enough to know that I always will, and I’m proud to advertise for them.   I would do it for free, actually.   And that’s all I have to say about that.   🙂

Well, it’s Friday Eve and I hope we are getting ready to dance!    Let’s keep those brushes armed and flinging!   Peace.

89 thoughts on “Watercolor on Aquabord, Take Three: May Madness Day 19

  1. I can see a tree…and I have to smile at Carrie Lynn’s comment. I just commented on Jodi’s post about her trees dancing to music. Trees must love dancing. I found this abstract absolutely breath-taking. The colors caught my eye at once…well, yeah, of course. It’s blues with oranges again, my favorite pair of complements. It wouldn’t be the same though without that stunning pink. It takes the painting to a whole new dimension. I’m going to be doing more abstracts, and I can only hope to create something as visually amazing as this. Did I mention that I love this painting?

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    1. Wow, Judith, thanks so much! I’m so flattered by your kind comments! I’m also thinking about the lighting and how images appear on screens. I took the photo of this image at night and maybe it’s skewing the colors? I used lots of shades of blue, two yellows but no reds. I take that back. I rinsed this one probably four times and I think there may have been some red in the very first one. Interesting you’re seeing pink and orange. I’m really glad you love the painting! I’d love to see more of your abstracts! So glad to be able to inspire you! 💛

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            1. Wow, I never knew they slept, but that’s cool! My mom used to say when a tree is chopped down, the other trees sigh. I always wondered if that’s true. They are alive, very true. Love this! Isn’t it cool what can come from an abstract painting?

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              1. https://www.newscientist.com/article/2088833-trees-seen-resting-branches-while-asleep-for-the-first-time/

                Here’s the link to the article. I think we need to show much more respect for all our trees and plants. I always make it a point to “thank” my herbs when I use bits of them in cooking, and I insist that my husband do the same. “Go tell Rosemary how much your appreciated her in the soup today,” I’ll remind him. Of course I talk to them every day, and my husband has pointed out that MY tomatoes and peppers sure are growing a lot more than HIS are. Hmmm…wonder why!

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  2. Oh I am swooning over this little piece. The colors. The movement. The spirit. I see a forest with bright angels dancing and floating around in the sunlight peeking through. I will click on your button next time I order from blick! 😉

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    1. Thanks Jodi! Oh I love your description! When I was finished it felt like a scene from a fantasy novel to me. Your description goes with that exactly! So cool and yay for the swoon! Hehe! Loving the abstracts. I hope you are too! Yours are beautiful!!

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        1. I kept rinsing, then I saw that tree but only the trunk, and kind of steered the paint a bit so I would get a bit of foliage. So many are seeing a geyser, or waterfall, which I think is cool, because I’m seeing that too and Charlie saw Mother Nature’s portrait, which was amazing! I love that part, seeing what everyone else sees.

          I loved your abstract today! Oh, I keep watching Debora Stewart and almost drooling. I’m amazed at how she starts and then where she winds up. It’s pretty amazing. I’m dying to try a pastel over acrylic abstract. But I think what she teaches can be applied to any medium, as she says. ❤ Just learning about the different compositions is amazing in itself. I could paint abstracts all day and be in heaven!

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  3. Beautiful swirls, puddles, overlapping color, translucent depth, all in a very cool and serene abstract interpretation. I love this small painting Laura. I can see you really enjoyed yourself. Next, time I order from DB online I will press the button. I do have a DB store in town. I go there often, but they don’t always have what I need. Have a beautiful day of working with your art supplies!!

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    1. Thank you, Sharon! So glad you enjoyed this. It was lots of fun and I did rinse several times 😃 which, for me, made it more fun, as I got some pretty cool swirls in the paint by not rinsing completely. I guess I could do this on paper too? Can’t remember the last time I tried, but I will, just to see. If I had a DB in town, I’d be living in a box on the street. A Blick box lol! Just the smell of an art supply store is enough to get me going. Thanks for your support, Sharon, much appreciated. I’m glad you feel the serenity. Trees always give me that feeling. Blues and yellows are great for that too. Have a sunshiny day, my friend. 💜

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      1. Hi Laura – I enjoy all of your enthusiastic and creative posts. Your happiness is very infectious. When I drive to DB my heart is always pumping, I love the adventure of strolling through the aisles. Have a great day!

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    1. Yay, nothing better than a Blick box! I have one due in today with more Aquabord, since that one was defective. Aren’t they great?! I love them!!

      I started to see the tree trunk and coaxed it into life by steering the water at the top a bit for foliage. It was fun!

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  4. Laura, I love your painting….to me it looks like water washing down through an invisible curtain of some kind. Seems like I have been using the word “dreamy” a lot but it looks dreamy to me. I suppose that I do see a tree but I keep going back to a veil of water out in nature coming down washing away all past bad experiences! That just came to me, hehe…..no idea where or what. I am glad that you are affiliated with Dick Blick now and you sing praises for them because it is the truth! I want to hear only from people who truly hold a company (esp. art) in high esteem. I am very picky and it is good to hear. I haven’t dealt with them enough to know. Now I know! 🙂 have a wonderful artful day!

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    1. Margaret, yes, you do know now, and I’m glad to wave a big happy flag for them, because they deserve it. I can’t think of another company I currently deal with that offers all five of those points there. It’s extremely rare and becoming more rare, I think, these days.

      So glad you like the painting! I’m starting to feel more and more like abstract is the way for me to go, or at least semi-abstract. Rebecca also saw a waterfall, and I think that’s really cool, because I can see it now too! I love that aspect of this – people telling me what they see. I loved Jodi’s description about angels! What could be better than to leave a viewer with an impression like that? As much as I love drawing representationally, and I really do love that, even in pen, I start to wonder if maybe I’m a representational drawer and an abstract painter? Wondering if I belong on the island of misfit toys or something? hehe! Thanks again for your comment and I hope you have a beautifully creative day too!

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      1. Hey, there are a lot of abstract and semi-representational artists out there and they seem to be the ones who have a certain view and aspect that transcends…..oh, I have to go see what Jodi wrote about seeing angels in your painting, I missed that! I had an awesome creative day plein air painting! awesome!!!!

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        1. Yay, Margaret!!! You sound on top of the world!! I’m so happy for you!!! Man, this challenge is looking brilliant on you!! I’m so glad your enthusiasm was so contagious that I caught some myself! It’s been really good for me too. I think sometimes it’s good to have something pushing you, and not just yourself but feeling accountable to others is a huge part of it for me. So glad you had a great day and can’t wait to see what you created!! 💜🌻🎨

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  5. It was only a matter of time–you and Blick, sitting in a tree…. I love your puddles! I want to make puddles. Now that I’m done teaching, I want to experiment with how the water works with watercolor. You’re giving me ideas, Laura.

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    1. LOL! Kirk, I was thinking of you when I was writing this post last night. It had to happen, right?! I DO love them, though, and since I’m always sending people their way……it really was only a matter of time hehe! And their cute little button looks nice on my sidebar. I almost feel like I really have my dream job of working for them, except it’s not work at all and I’m just doing what comes to me naturally. I’m so glad you’re going to be back painting again. I’ve been thinking about you with all of the abstracts I’ve been doing lately! Yay for giving you ideas! And I’m glad your semester is over and you can take a break. Thanks for stopping by, Kirk, we’ve missed you!

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  6. Yay to being a Blick affiliate! And this is such a beautiful painting! 😍Okay.. so maybe I haven’t had enough coffee yet… or too much… but I saw trees and then immediately saw a face, so that it felt like a portrait of Mother Nature herself! I love it! 💚😃

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    1. Thank you, Oh Charlie, I love this interpretation!!! Wow, a portrait of Mother Nature. Oh wow. I don’t even know how to respond to that, it’s so beautiful! Bless you, my kind friend! I just love it. I’m starting to see the face too! Are the eyes teal?? ❤

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  7. Love your blues and greens, Laura! Has a water feel to me – probably because I was just looking at Jodi’s amazing paintings! 😃 And the greens remind me a little of Margaret’s watercolor painting from yesterday. Looks like you are having fun! 😊 YAY! Laura! And will have to look into becoming an affiliate of Dick Blick also – could you tell me more about it? I pretty much buy all my art supplies from them too. ❤️🎨💕

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    1. Jill, when I figure it out, I’ll be able to tell you more. I’m having trouble with all of the HTML coding right now lol. But here is the link on the Blick site where you can get more info: http://www.dickblick.com/affiliates/ It is managed through a different company than Blick and so you interact with that company vs. Blick directly, which makes it a little confusing from my end. Maybe when I get my feet wet, I’ll start to figure it out. I hope!

      Yeah, I was thinking water when I started but I never know where I’ll wind up when starting an abstract. I’ve learned that the worst thing I can do is try and muscle it around. I may start with an idea of where I want to go, but usually I find it works best if I start with a feeling and a couple of colors. If I try doing a thumbnail first, and plan it out the way the professionals do, it usually winds up going awry. So I started with the colors of water and even some clouds in the sky. Rinsed that. Went back with watery colors again, rinsed some more, eventually went back w/same colors and started to see the trunk of a tree there. So I steered the water a bit to get some foliage and that’s how it turned out. I’m really enjoying the abstracts because it takes the pressure off. To me, acrylics are fun, but watercolor is pressure and sometimes I get nervous before I even get started because I never know what mood the wee mistress will be in, lol.

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      1. Thanks for the link, Laura! I will looks into it. 🙂 Watercolor requires a ton of concentration for me too – plus patience in allowing it to dry between layers which seems to take a long time. Sometimes I try to speed it up with a blowdryer…lol! I like that you are finding freedom with abstracts. And it is always fun to play with color!! YAY Laura! 🙂

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        1. Me too, Jill, must have the hair dryer! Aquabord dries pretty quick though and the colors stay more vibrant because it stays on the surface. So I’ve not needed it since painting on that surface. I’ll be curious how the new pack works out – just got my replacement from Blick today. I may be getting hooked on that stuff! ❤ I agree tho, much more concentration needed with wc. VERY freeing to go abstract! Loving it! More like playing. :)))

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  8. I saw a lively fountain or perhaps a geyser first of all, but I’m definitely seeing the tree aspect too. Great fun trying to figure it out and then see what everyone else thought!

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    1. Thanks, Jacob, I’m glad you had fun with it! I hope the fun I’m having while painting is translating a bit. I thought Charlie’s interpretation of Mother Nature’s portrait was really cool! 😀 I never know how they will turn out or what people will see, but it’s always fun to find out!

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  9. Love this one Laura, I can’t tell you why, sometimes art just does that, but I just do love it. Interestingly I did pop over to dick blick the other day, I wanted to buy some Artgraf, after the Saturday reviews on Charlie’s site. They do ship to the uk, but you have to wait for a return email for shipping quotes. It appears easier to buy from dick blick via Amazon?? I would of course use your button if I lived in the us.😀

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    1. Thanks Rebecca! So you can get DB art supplies via amazon too? Sounds like the way to go, although I was curious how long it would take to get the quotes for international shipments.

      I’m glad you like this one. I’m getting used to not knowing my destination when I start these abstracts. It’s kinda fun!

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  10. perhaps….. there is a forest, or maybe faces tangled and hidden in the shadows. I almost want to turn it, from side to side; to see what I might find!
    Good for you with the Dick Blick affiliate Laura!! 🙂 I’ll have to look for your new button now …..

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    1. It was quite a challenge, getting that button to appear lol. Painting is much easier. Glad you like this one Debi. For me it’s definitely the woods but almost like something in a fantasy novel is what this makes me think of. I’m getting addicted to Aquabord!! Felt so strange at first but I’m really getting used to it. I’ve never used WC board at all, but I guess they’re all a little different?

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      1. my fav was the clayboard. or hardboard!! delightful!!!!
        the aqua board I’d used then was just …ok. tho, by now, things have changed i am sure.
        That you are finding this to be so fun, and amenable and can get in the groove – is a great thing Laura!
        ps some Days… I detest computer tech thingie gadgets and trying to figure out new things every other day. lol
        other days, for WP…. so happy to have a computer 🙂

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