This began with a pink cosmos cut from Hub’s garden. I did a basic watercolor sketch of it……and I just didn’t like it. Hence, another abstract painting was born! I think God is trying to tell me not to paint realistically anymore. 🙂 This is roughly 4″ by 4″ on Arches 140 lb. cold-press watercolor paper:
The initial watercolor sketch was done with a sweet little travel palette made by Winsor & Newton with Cotman half pan paints inside. I then added some strokes of various Neocolor crayons by Caran d’Ache (which would probably be the art supply I would save first if there were ever a fire here, they’re just so darned vibrant, creamy and versatile), liquified them, and refined with a bit more pan watercolor paint, and some Liquitex Gesso. My old friends, the Golden fluid acrylic paints (vibrant, luscious paint the consistency of heavy cream) rounded out the painting. Note: As a Blick Art Materials affiliate, purchases from these links help to support my site and a fledgling art business. Enjoy, and thank you!
Once again, this was quite a journey, and when it comes to abstract painting, I hope the journey never ends. I think the biggest thing I’ve learned so far from the first third of the first annual World Watercolor Month is that I may be a realistic artist when drawing, but I’m an abstract painter. And I’m loving it. I hope you are, too. Everybody should have a little “strawberry field where nothing is real” in their life. Escape with art and recycle stress into strength! Have a wonderfully productive and peaceful week.