Many of us have been talking about the inspiring work of artist Debora Stewart. I’ve been watching her video on Artist Network TV about abstracting flowers. I just love the work she does in pastel, but I wanted something fast and (hopefully) beautiful. Neocolors to the rescue! This is a 4″ square Aquabord, and yes, I am hooked. It may be quite some time before I paint on paper again.
Neocolor crayons are probably one of the most versatile art supplies I’ve ever used. They are no fuss, no muss! You can work with them in your lap while watching TV, you can throw them in a bag and take them anywhere you like, you can use them with water or without. What I like best is they produce vibrant results quickly. So if you’re participating in a daily painting challenge and you’re running out of time to get tomorrow’s post ready ….. it’s all good! Neocolors feel something like crayons going dry to a surface, but when you light them up with a wet paintbrush, that’s when the magic happens. If I had to save just one art supply in a fire, this would be it. There are areas where I’ve blended smoothly with the brush into the watercolor paint that was on the surface, and other areas where I’ve left the line there to add texture and interest.
I can see myself doing more experimentation with abstracting flowers, using unexpected colors, shapes, and compositions. I’m looking forward to continuing to play with watercolors, Neocolor crayons, and Aquabords! So far, it looks like a match made in heaven! I wish you all a creative, warm and joyful weekend. Peace and bring on the paint puddles!