this painting, often compared to a rose, has been very popular across the social media i use. that’s awesome! the more awesome thing is that i love this painting and i love the idea behind it.
the painting is from a series of “concentric circle” paintings. the technique is very simple. i used my japanese watercolors (see the post before this. it’s a discussion of my painting, “curly” and explains these watercolors) on yupo (same here, prior post explains) and paint concentric circles on it. i’m not tidy about it, i never am. messy is part of my style! i chose colors, only a couple on this one and quickly painted the circles with space between each one. i just used the reddish purple colors. i can’t put a real name because these watercolors are only labeled in japanese. you can see the circles in this one.
when i paint the circles, i do it with watery paint and let them flow. depending on which of the concentric circle paintings i made, the amount of water i used varies a lot. some of them have more vibrant colors, the ones that have less water in them or that i build up the color in layers. each painting in the series is quite different.
when the rosy colors start to run all the way into each other, i used an even more watery black. because i laid it on lightly and pretty runny so it actually looks gray and not black. the rest just happen. the two colors blended, but not too much, so you can see the circles within circles. because of the way they flowed together, it turned out looking like a rose. i didn’t intend to make it look like a rose, but it was a ‘happy accident.’
i’ll show a couple other paintings in the series.
“concentric circles 6”
“concentric circles 5”
“concentric circles 4”