Thursday, November 29, 2012

Carole's ArtFirst Watercolor

First watercolor, done using a lot of water and little color and letting the color bleed into the water.  I began with a pencil outline and then drew over that with a dry paint. This seemed to contain the colors within the leaf so that they didn't bleed out into the background and vice versa.  I then laid a heavy layer of water as I went along in the immediate area I wanted to fill with color.  Then I would take a touch of color and just dip it onto the watered paper and it moved as far as the water would allow, thus accounting for the varity of color intensity.  Lastly, after the color was all finished, I took a narrow brush and put dryer color on it and drew in the stem and a few lines on the leaf.  More and more I am learning to do more with paint brushes than I ever have before.
Carole's ArtIntuitive Painting

First of its kind I've done.  I put down a backcground covering the paper with random colors applied any which way.  After it dried I looked at the background from all angles to see if I could find a picture buried in the random lines.  The dory leapt out at me, and after a moment, I saw the one large wave.  I then painted the boat and the wave over the background. 

The purpose of this exercise is to provide a new way of looking at things, a new perspective, new colors, new strokes.  To open the mind to the possible.  It worked, because I've never painted a boat before and I don't usually use green or pink .Had I planned to do this picture, the wave and water, at least, would look considerably different..

Wednesday, November 28, 2012


This began as an "intuitive painting" project, but soon took on a shape of its own and I left it as is.  These are my favorite colors when painting, and I come back to them again and again.
Snowy Woods in Moonlight

Snowy Woods in MoonlightThis is a print made at the print design studio of the architectural school of the University of Waterloo in Cambridge, Ontario, Canada.  The picture was first drawn on paper, then a piece of Plexiglas laid over the drawing, and the drawing etched onto the Plexiglas with a pointed metal stylus.  The Plexiglas was then spread with printer's ink to the right consistency and laid over dampened paper on a manual press.  It was run through the press, removed, and hung to dry. I loved every minute of this process, which was new for me, and spent about five hours doing various copies of the print.