Last year, I became entranced by Kerfe’s 100 Grids Project at Method Two Madness. Please check her project out if you haven’t seen it – they’re the most beautiful grids I’ve ever seen. Nina and Kerfe are good friends, and post their artwork (and even musical performances!) on their blog. Her grid project led me to embrace the idea of geometric artwork. Coincidentally, I’ve been doing informal color studies lately, particularly with M. Graham’s Ultramarine and Prussian blues, combining the colors wet in wet, and letting them mingle together on the page as they dry.
Then I started thinking about composing a *gasp* planned, geometric watercolor painting that embraces all kinds of lines and shapes. I started with a small color study using only M. Graham’s Ultramarine Blue and Quinacridone Rose watercolors. The above piece is 5 3/4″ by 3 1/2″ on Arches 140 lb. cold-press watercolor paper. It was interesting and fun, and I learned a few things from this exercise. Mostly, I surprised myself by enjoying the precision of it. So I decided to do another, a bit larger adding one more color, M. Graham’s Quinacridone Violet, another favorite, to the mix. This is 5 1/8″ x 5 3/4″ on Arches 140 lb. cold-press watercolor paper:
I was much more pleased with this one, and now I may take Margaret’s advice (and Hub agrees, too) and go larger. I’ll be working my way to larger paper as I learn how to compose paintings with a ruler, which is a new one on me! Mainly, just learning more about how various pigments behave, how they mingle on the page together, and most importantly, how to get various effects in and with my paint and brushes. Hopefully the paintings will become a bit more exciting as I go!
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I want to thank you all for your encouragement and friendship as I find my path, more and more, as an abstract painter who also loves to draw realistically. It’s kind of weird with one foot in each ballpark, but it’s kinda the story of my life, so why should art be any different?! I’m still feeling like a kid at an amusement park every time I pick up a paintbrush. I hope you find time today to do something that gives you the same feeling. Happy Tuesday, and May the Pigments be With You. Peace.