Above is one of three new images I’ve relatively recently uploaded to my Fine Art America site.
Lady of the Garden is one of my early 6×6 watercolor explorations on Absorbent Ground, most of which I laid down some watercolor washes, the absorbent ground having been textured just a bit, and then studied to see what if any image the result inspired in me!
Eventually an elegantly dress lady in a hat, walking happily in their garden, seemed to be what I was bring out from my first inlays of paint.
I also experimented, literally carving my sig into the absorbent ground while still wet. It definitely creates an imprint, and is something to keep in mind as I go forward with new work 😊
It’s all a process. Even surprise realizations being part of that process I think, and watercolor work itself is/was a process evolving from my work on the painting below —
Floating Blooms above is my transition acrylic piece, moving from nearly two decades of water soluble oils, back to my 80s paint preference, acrylics!
It turned out being a transition piece because, working with water even more so than possible, or usual anyway, with water soluble oils, reminded me I’d never done another watercolor since one in the late 70s when I knew literally nothing about watercolors and painted one small piece, a tea jar making sun tea on our back porch railing, via what I now realize was a purely dry and dry technique, lol 😂
I’d happened to first read about absorbent grounds to create watercolors on canvas researching how to do washes with acrylics, and decided I needed to experiment once again, over forty years later, with watercolors again ❤️
I bought an inexpensive watercolor pan set at Michaels, and Ridges of Spring Light became my very first watercolor experiment and my first thought and reaction using water with watercolor was – WOW! 💕
Process sometimes also means circling back, which is what led me to my floral macro photo below.
Our youngest girl (along with her 7 year old) has loved gardening and flowers since she herself was a child. I first realized this back in the early 80s as I was clumsily, and without a clue, was ”sticking” flower seeds into the ground around our house, I felt a motion beside me, looked over, and saw her squatting beside me. Big eyes wide, she says, “Whatcha doing?” ❤️
The image above is from a large shot of a floral arrangement on her breakfast room table in her home. I really liked the crop and view, but then took it into my iPhone’s editing app and simply adjusted the Noise filter, creating this nearly watercolor ready rendition 😊
So these are my three most recent uploads to my site on Fine Art America. I’d wanted to do more, more frequently, and post about each one, but as I pointed out in my most recent post, time and other priorities took the lead, and their toll.
Still, this has worked out to really show my creative journey the last few months.
I hope you’ve enjoyed the story, and my work!
All the best everyone!
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- July 25, 2021 – Where I Left Off Before Our Trip, New Watercolor on Canvas in-progress, Developing the Right Figure to AddAs you can tell from my top pic, my efforts to progress from my value study and digital studies below are not going great, lol! I take solace from several things —
- July 24, 2021 – My Newest Poster Upload @FineArtAmerica – Barton Springs Greenbelt Austin Rocks at the Flats PosterYesterday posting about my resuming progress on a new watercolor on canvas (with absorbent ground) via beginning a study process for adding a figure to the nearly finished work, I mentioned I’d spent my 1st time at the nearby greenbelt in nearly 2 weeks! It was a pristine morning, warm, sunny, lightly breezy, and hardly crowded at all – in other words : wonderful! 😊
- July 23, 2021 – Where I Left Off Before Our Trip, New Watercolor on Canvas in-progress, Preparing to Add a FigureLike my prep work for my 1st watercolor Austin Greenbelt poster on paper, I placed my source image and line drawing in one side by side file to work from – blocking out our friend’s face for privacy. Then I decided I should probably do a digital value study too, lol!
- July 22, 2021 – Where I Left Off Before Our Trip, New Watercolor on Canvas in-progressAt 25×40 this new work has stretched my memories and my muscles of years ago when I did much larger work. I just figured it was time to explore working on canvas again for a bit 😊 Below, on the left, is the work as posted back July 11th about inlaying light modeling paste, working with the pen and ink I hand applied 1st (vs printing my ink pattern as I did with my recent watercolor posters on paper).
- July 21, 2021 – Three Weeks Running! My Most Viewed Image For the Week @FineArtAmerica, Summer is a Lady : #Watercolor on Paper #ContemporaryImpressionismIt seems extra special to have Summer is a Lady repeat again as most viewed, joining a few other posts with repeated viewing rankings, some even crossing months or even years on my site 💕 A couple good examples are —
- July 20, 2021 – 1st Trip in Over 3 YearsTime to wrap up our short but wonderful stay with the 8 year old and other grandparents ♥️ Soon there’ll be another sunrise.
- July 19, 2021 – 1st Trip in Over 3 YearsI’d forgotten the feel of an immense sky above us – that’s the other grandpa in pic ❤️ It was one of the things I took for granted in Galveston, was amazed about in Costa Rica, and very much surprised about along Lake Champlain in Vermont 😊 Big skies!
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