yesterday painkills2 said she’d like to see a painting inspired by (in her own words),
“Blue is my color. All kinds of blue. Is it okay if I make a request of the artist? How about a blue angel? Or a bird in flight? Show me… Freedom!”
i thought that was a great idea. here’s the result….
i thought it might be fun to share how i made this painting. when i paint, i experiment. always. i have a bit of a series going on now, an ongoing experiment with watercolors and lots and lots and lots of water. most of the paintings i’ve done while working with my experimental technique depict spirits flying into the great beyond. they’re very very abstract.
i start with a piece of Arches 140lb rough watercolor paper. the paper is very important. it’s the standard weight of good watercolor paper, but it doesn’t disintegrate when used with a great deal of water. it’s so cool, it feels like fabric. the finish is a little unusual . usually watercolor paper comes in “hot press” or “cold press” finishes. this paper is “rough.” it’s much toothier than the other two. i love to work with texture, and lots of water which is why this paper is perfect for my paintings.
when i have all my supplies organized on my desk (it’s more of a table than a desk, quite large), i take a big brush and cover the paper with water. i experiment to see how i can play with how the paint reacts to the watery paper. i touch a brush which has been loaded with paint and water, to the paper. it blooms, bleeds, spreads, wicks, flows and feathers. i try varying amounts of paint, water and wetness of the paper. i also try putting brush to paper for different lengths of time an different amounts pressure, different brushes and different paints.
when i’m satisfied with the result of that i spray the paper with a little misting spray bottle to wet it evenly and “activate” the paint so it starts to flow and create the streaks you see in the paintings above. i do that by putting down thick lines of white paint, over what is already on the paper. i pick up the paper and hold it by a tiny bit of corner and let it dangle over a towel.
after that i spend lots of time adding water and colors and letting it flow. the paper is totally saturated and takes quite a while to dry.
that’s how i have fun!