Boy, working in watercolor every day this month has been quite a journey! I’m definitely enjoying it more than I thought I would, so it’s been a pleasant surprise. This is 5 3/4″ x 8 1/8″ on Arches 300 lb. cold-press watercolor paper:
This one began by painting clear water in random criss-crossing lines on the paper, and then dropping in M. Graham watercolors in Phthalo and Prussian Blue, Quin Gold, and Quin Rose, and allowing the colors to mingle and dance. (The Quin Gold makes the most gorgeous greens when allowed to mingle with those blues.) The (now) multi-colored lines looked cool, but they needed a focal point, which is where the red areas came in. M. Graham Permanent Alizarin Crimson and Quin Violet came in to play here in addition to the other colors, and I finally added a touch of Winsor Orange (a nice, mid value transparent orange) per Hub’s advice (good call, I thought) to those areas at the end. (Note to my fellow art supply fans: Enjoy free shipping at Blick Art Materials with orders of $45 or more through midnight Central time on Tuesday 7/26. Your purchases help support my site and a fledgling art business. Thank you!)
I dry-brushed Liquitex gesso in here and there, then went back in with the original blues and a bit of M. Graham Viridian green to round out the background. It still feels geometric to me, but more like the impressionistic version(?) compared to some of the other hard-line geometrics I’ve painted recently. This is definitely more my style, although I’m looking forward to experimenting more with geometric and grid compositions.
I would love to know what, if anything, you see in this painting. Sometimes, that is the best part: hearing what you, the viewer, bring to the piece. I thank you for stopping by and taking a look, and I hope you all have a peaceful and productive week!