Easy Morning – New Watercolor #FigureArt on Absorbent Ground, May 2020

Easy Morning ©Felipe Adan Lerma, watercolor on absorbent ground May 2020
Easy Morning ©Felipe Adan Lerma, watercolor on absorbent ground May 2020
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Easy Morning, new watercolor on absorbent ground
6×6 gallery wrap canvas

My newest figure work had the usual tug and pull process painting it 😊

I really like the soft gentle feel of it, and especially like the look my wife got seeing it ❤️

The biggest difference between this work and my more recent 5×7, At Rest With Nature, and really all previous work is, this time – after applying and letting the absorbent white ground dry – I coated the surface with M. Graham’s white watercolor gouache (vs acrylic gouache).

I think this, plus the difference in tooth between the canvas and gesso on the At Rest With Nature 5×7 I absorbent ground & painted, made this work much closer to the softness I wanted for the image.

Though it’s possible I’ve found, with multiple coats of absorbent ground on the gesso’d canvas, I can also get a smoother feel, it takes time and a lot more precious material. Applying white gouache of course also adds time and material cost, but is more helpful with a soft look I feel, probably ‘cause the damp paint softens into and blends with the white gouache underneath. Some future work applied the same way will hopefully test that out!

Stay well everyone! Take it easy – smile! ❤️
I know I need to remind myself ☺️


[ Update 121120 – a PhotoPoem post featuring Easy Morning was uploaded 08.06.20 ]

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Artist self portrait - photo of Felipe Adan Lerma on converted railway track bike ferry for the Island Line Trail connecting mainland Vermont to South Hero on Lake Champlain.

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  1. […] Hard to believe it’s been half a year since my previous PhotoPoem, “Bird’s Eye View”, even if this is really more a painting poem 😊 Life has a funny way of keeping-on moving-on, lol!I was driving early last Sunday morning to Central Market for a few quick things, had finally captured some pics of this small piece in a light that did it fair justice, gentle, soft, early morning light, and these words came to me. Initially merely descriptive of how the image makes me feel, the woman resting easily by an open window, the colors and lines suggesting maybe a light calm breeze. Maybe a welcome sense of easy equilibrium…But definitely a sense of flow ❤️ Stay well 💕 Adanps – the making of Easy Morning is available on my post of June 1st, 2020 😊 https://felipeadanlerma.com/2020/06/01/easy-morning-new-watercolor-figureart-on-absorbent-ground-may… […]

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  2. Very nice work Felipe, the smoothness, the soft feel…quite nice, beautiful. Very good work my friend. Take good care, stay safe and all the best,

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