Geometric Abstract Watercolor, Take 200? (World Watercolor Month, 23/31)

Boy, I had quite a journey with this little painting the other night.    This is 5 x 5 3/4″ on Arches 140 lb. cold-press watercolor paper:


Sometimes the combination of listening to a good audiobook and painting a picture can be a wonderful escape from the news headlines that are becoming all-too-anxiety provoking for this HSP.    I got very lucky with a recent pick, “The Tenant of Wildfell Hall” by Anne Bronte, which I was able to download from Hoopla for free in a couple of minutes.   (Gotta love the library system!)    I just love British literature with all of my heart, particularly the classics, and this one is really filling the bill for me right now.

The creepy setting and mysterious female main character we meet toward the beginning of the story bled into my painting a bit, I think.   (She is also an oil painter, which I didn’t know going in, and loving that aspect too.)   I’m also loving the narration, the characters, the creepy, wild setting, even the cover art on the audiobook.    But I’m thinking my paintings may start to darken a bit in the coming days.   (Then again, maybe not, I don’t know what happens after all, lol.)

I’m having lots of fun learning about M. Graham Ultramarine, Prussian and Phthalo blues and some Quinacridone Violet snuck into this one as well, I believe.    Working wet into wet is what I love most about watercolor.   I really like to just turn it loose and let it play, letting the colors find each other, join hands and dance.   There’s just nothing like it, for me.   Really enjoying working with a 1/2″ flat acrylics brush – I like the Princeton Umbria series, not sure if I have any sisters or brothers out there who are also fans.   It brings enough water to the page, but not nearly as much as my sable flats or even the Princeton Select brushes with longer bristles that I think of as more of a watercolor line.  (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 CST Monday 7/25, and thank you!)

I hope you find your happy place this weekend, and May Anne Bronte (or someone like her) and good ol’ Paint Puddles be with you!



77 thoughts on “Geometric Abstract Watercolor, Take 200? (World Watercolor Month, 23/31)

  1. To me, Laura, your painting looks like windows… and the audio book is helping you to see things through different windows. I love the way how the mind, the imagination and the subconscious work hand in hand at times.

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    1. Isn’t it wonderful, Tom? When I can combine an audiobook and a painting, I’m happy. Sometimes I have to do lots of rewinding because I’m concentrating on my work or just losing my train of thought but once I get in the zone, it’s really wonderful. It helps if I’m not trying to paint something specific, and more just playing with color, as I was doing here.


  2. Your painting looks and feels like OPPORTUNITIES. Open, inviting, colorful, happy and very very positive. Am a Jane Austen fan and haven’t read any Anne Bronte. Let me see if I can ask friends if they have copies of her books.

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  3. Love your painting and the fact that ‘Windfell Hall’ influenced you….so neat! I never read the book and I heard that Anne Bronte was the sensitive, sweet sister who died young I believe? I will have to read it, hopefully find the audio. Isn’t wc great? Didn’t I tell you! 🙂

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    1. Margaret, try Hoopla, I bet your library offers the downloads too! If not, they may have the cd book and Audible has this version as well. Narration is stellar, I will get the narrators names if you’re interested (it’s a man and a woman reading different sections and I’ve not come to the woman’s part yet, still early days). Glad you enjoyed the painting. Not one of my proudest moments but that’s the way it goes, right? Thanks for weighing in, much appreciated.

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      1. How fun! my over-drive library has it and I have placed myself on the holds list. The two narrators are: Frederick Davidson and Wanda McCaddon….same people? I am next in line! woot woot lol… I think that your painting is wonderful, it has a feeling in it, I can see it. Maybe because it is wc and not acrylic in which you feel more comfortable with?

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        1. That’s probably it, I guess. I’m glad you can see something in it, I definitely feel the creepiness but that’s because I was listening to the book while painting and seeing the painting brings that right back. Alex Jennings and Jenny Agutter are the narrators of my version, there are many versions of this. Overdrive doesn’t have it at my library; isn’t that weird? I’m glad you were able to find it.

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    1. Thanks, Carol! So glad you enjoyed it. I think that anything that isn’t strictly realistic is abstract. I feel like this is semi-abstract/realistic. Oh who knows lol. I have no clue, I just keep going. I appreciate your comment though. I learn a lot from every one!


  4. I like the image very much. And your descriptions help me take courage. I tried some wet on wet stuff the other night and didn’t like the result. But then I read Jodi’s take on your process and had another idea, which I’ll try this weekend. Thanks!

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    1. That’s great, Kirk! I’m glad you’re feeling like something you see here is useful. Let me know if you have any questions but if you are dropping paint into a damp area my tip is just to make sure you’re not combining three primaries within one area because you’ll make brown. I try to keep it to either two or three shades of the same color or two primaries and then they mingle together nicely. Good luck with it. Small areas at a time is good too. You can always go back in and add more after the area dries but sometimes I find that makes it look less good too. It’s all a big experiment and just see what works. Glad you’re finding inspiration.

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        1. Hey me neither. I just keep experimenting. You can make mud by combining the wrong red with the wrong blue. I think they say the best are made by combining a warm of one color with a cool version of the other color. But if you’re sticking with different shades of one color, no need to worry about that. I was just thinking about how strange it can be when you combine them, I definitely get that!

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      1. But as I see it, through your experiments you are discovering some awesome techniques and color combinations that have led to some pretty incredible studies. For me this was an interesting experiment ~

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        1. Thanks, Mary, I’m glad! I sometimes wonder, as much as I enjoy painting challenges, you do want to share something that might have value for your audience whenever you can, so I’m glad you found something useful. I appreciate your encouragement, as always! Boy, you are mad talented. Just amazing. Thanks again.

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    1. I think my grids tend to go the way of doors and windows, Nicola. But yes, on the cover is a dark house lit from the inside and the doors and windows really stand out. So maybe it subconsciously drew me that way too? Not sure but love the story so far!

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  5. Definitely seeing the narrative of a story being described here, Laura. Most fascinating. I have some audiobooks but have never listened while drawing; maybe now’s the time to try! I’ve done a few with rain/thunderstorm tracks on, and they were a lot of fun (if perhaps not quite so eloquent!)

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  6. I like how it turned out! beautiful It is always great to let imagination run free and in your case listening the audio-book took your mind in a different state, I often listen music and it helps in certain unknown ways! 😉


  7. I was transported to a book with this painting, but it wasn’t the one you read…I’ve never read that one. This painting took me to another book; Withering Heights. I hated this story. Still do. It was a very disturbing, and a sick relationship to me. I don’t know why so many women SWOON over Heathcliff and feel sorry for Kathy. Their relationship is sick, sick, sick! Horribly so!

    The colors of your windows, especially the bottom shutters made me think of Withering Heights. I was forced to read it twice in school, and never wanted to read again after reading it once. God, it’s a horrible, abusive, manipulative relationship.

    What is wrong with the majority of people/ women who don’t get that? What am I missing? Why do women swoon over Heathcliff? Good Lord he killed baby birds, and was evil! I detest this novel/story and appreciate the message/lesson the author is trying to tell. Unfortunately, I think I’m alone here.

    That’s where your windows took me. It’s the red, blue, purple, and direction of the stokes in the bottom shutters that lead me there. I feel anger, and rage there.

    I wish there was yellow, green, pink, and softer lines in your windows today.

    Don’t worry about it or get upset about my feelings!! Art is subjective! Who am I? Just one little person who saw your work and felt this way. Who cares!

    So, I won’t buy this piece. Tomorrow you’ll create something I totally get and wish I could afford 🙂

    I admire you so much. You put it all out there for the public to love, like, criticize, or ignore. I wish I had the same confidence with my images made on film.

    Keep doing what you do with paint and writing about your experience. I learn so much, and you give me hope and inspiration that I might one paint as freely, and as good!

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    1. Thanks for your thoughts, Deborah! I sat down to paint to escape the news headlines, which really DO make me angry, and very angry. Also anxious! So it’s interesting, maybe some of that crept into the painting. I didn’t like Wuthering either, it’s the only Bronte novel I’ve tried that I truly disliked and I do not and never will understand women who like Heathcliff, so I totally feel ya! 1000%. Thank you.

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  8. Loving the dance between water and paint, the layers the mingling. Your title says abstract and though the eyes want to find the familiar another part relies on the title description and looks for the concept…and both read beautiful in this painting. Thank you for sharing.

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