World Turning (Reprise): World Watercolor Month 22/31

Ever since I made this painting earlier this month, I’ve wanted to revisit it in order to create a series.    My painting time lately has been very limited, so I thought I’d show a progress post for this one.   This is 5 1/2″ x 7 1/2″ on Arches 140-lb. cold press watercolor paper:


So far, this one was created in a very similar process to that described in the original “World Turning” post.   It started with a watercolor background in M. Graham Azo/Aureolin Yellow and Nickel Quinacridone Gold, and then once that dried, I went back in with some M. Graham Phthalo and Prussian blues in watercolor.    Added some Winsor and Newton Green Gold and some M. Graham Viridan in Acrylic Heavy body paint.

I really do like the M. Graham acrylics; they are creamy and very vibrant, much like their watercolor pigments, and less expensive than Golden.   However, Golden fluid acrylics (the paint is like silky heavy cream and very richly pigmented) are unique to Golden, as far as I know, and of all of the acrylics I’ve tried, their fluid paints are the ones that call me back time after time.   In my opinion, they are worth the money, because a little goes a very long way, there is a wonderful range of colors, and they can be watered down for watercolor effects, yet you retain the vibrant hues.

For this painting, though, as it is World Watercolor Month, I tried to make this a primarily watercolor piece, and the only acrylic in this at this stage is some Liquitex acrylic gesso and just that bit of Graham Viridian acrylic in the very dark green on the right-hand side of the first circle.   (Note:   As a Blick Art Materials affiliate, purchases from these links help to support my site, and a fledgling art business.   Enjoy Free Shipping on orders of $35 or more through midnight Pacific time tonight, plus additional percentage discounts on many items, and thank you!)

I do think this one calls for more depth, so I’m not calling it finished yet, but I’d love to hear your thoughts, and maybe sleeping on it is a good idea too.   Well, we made it to Friday!   Time to shake thy tailfeathers!   Can anyone believe August is almost here?!   I think World Watercolor Month is making it fly by even faster than normal!   Peace and a Happy Weekend to all!

63 thoughts on “World Turning (Reprise): World Watercolor Month 22/31

  1. Loving this painting more, Laura! It is saying something…can you hear it? It says I am here, I am near, I can listen, I can see…. I am not being sentimental but that’s what I hear and it is making my heart sing with joy. ❤ ❤ ❤

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    1. Thank you Steven. When I sit down to paint, peace always follows behind. I’m really glad you enjoyed this. I can’t remember if you liked the first painting or not? Wondering if this needs more. I think it definitely does but I may need to cogitate for awhile re what.

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  2. Laura! I’m practically speechless! Another jaw dropper! How did you do those beautiful white markings – they almost appear stamped. the depth and color and movement of this – O M G !!!

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    1. Thanks! They are stamped, it’s that gesso resist, it seems to work out really nicely! Can’t seem to leave acrylics totally alone for a whole month lol. I have been saving items that I’d normally toss or recycle if they look like they’d make interesting impressions. I have some stencils but I don’t like using someone else’s art as part of my work that much. I’d like to cut my own but I don’t take the time to do it. But stuff anyone else would toss…….even though I didn’t make it, I’m putting it to a creative use! So I go ahead and use it. Glad you like it! Gesso is the cure all for everything lol.

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  3. Hi Laura,
    Like everyone else I think this painting is absolutely stunning! Its somehow delicate and bold in the right amounts. The white stamped areas makes it look like an old world map of sorts… LOVE it!

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  4. I see depth there and with abstracts, is depth as important? if you convey what you want or feel, then it is alright. I really love this one and after taking another good look at it, the spheres (world/s) are floating and it creates its own depth, very interesting! I love your imagination and those white swirling world images is very, very cool. I can’t see adding anything else in my opinion.

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  5. Beautiful colors, love the gesso resist stamp – it evokes spheres of other worlds for me.

    I agree with you that some depth would be good – perhaps darken the background in some places to give each sphere it’s own “space”?


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  6. I love that these spheres have a huge amount of depth to them in WC, by that I mean they really appear 3D round, like they are coming out of the page. A great achievement in watercolour, you may have had a lack of time, but you must have been really chuffed with the result, I would have been 😀

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    1. Thanks, Charlie! I appreciate your visit and comment, I can only imagine how busy you must be! No great shakes here but trying to keep the WC churning every day. Listening to an audiobook while painting is loads of fun, may try that again today. Glad you enjoyed this one. 💜

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