Aging Through Covid-19, May 07, 2020

Little Steps Poster ©Felipe Adan Lerma

Little Steps Poster ©Felipe Adan Lerma

White Black Absorbent Ground Watercolor 6x6s Early May 2020
Dancing Between the Lines

I missed posting yesterday, don’t remember why, lol, but I was working on the small painting below, Dancing Between the Lines.

It doesn’t have the sparse clean contrast of my previous 3 watercolors on black absorbent ground. This also is on white absorbent ground and my challenges are very different. More colors, harder (for me) to create value contrast, something I’m determined to work on.

But I do like expressiveness, and the real life work is much softer, the evening light I shot this in of course being very different in its slant, but still gives a good rendition of the work itself.

And my wife likes it, more so than the 3 BW works done previously.

I like both styles. But am feeling myself pulled more and more often to the black ground and the way I can make the white gouache stand out or be quite subtle.

Either way, I very much liking doing figure work again more steadily, something I did more of in the 80s with acrylics, then moved on from because I couldn’t quite get the form-feel I wanted, like I had with plain charcoal on paper way back then.

Dancing Between the Lines ©Felipe Adan Lerma white absorbent ground watercolor May 2020
Dancing Between the Lines ©Felipe Adan Lerma white absorbent ground watercolor May 2020

I think that’s one of the things I’m beginning to see, working with watercolor, and especially so on black absorbent ground with white watercolor gouache, it’s beginning to feel and remind me of some of what I felt then, early to late 80s, over 30 years ago!

With charcoal I could easily erase, even if it left a “cloud” of sorts at times. Same thing seems to occur with white watercolor gouache on black absorbent ground, even though I hadn’t made that connection till today!

Also both means of imaging remained strongly BW, even if to degrees. And both allowed me to do my more favorite renditions of figure work – expressive, suggestive.

And that, is something I do want to pay attention to 😊

Maybe even part of why I chose Little Steps Poster as my Covid series heading image to start with! ❤️
M. Graham 1/2 ounce Titanium White watercolor gouache

Stay well everyone! An intense challenge as folks start moving around again – wishing us all well in our national experiment, lol! Plus prayers for all for whom, even the small deflecting humor is not something possible, myself included at times 💕



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