I am immersed in creativity lately so when I pulled out an older (2 months ago) watercolor painting, I knew instantly what I wanted to do. In a later post I'll be mentioning a new book I purchased but until then just know that I'm feeding my creative spirit from many different directions at once!
I had read a post from an artist friend where she was talking about all the art she has half finished sitting in her studio. She decided a few years ago to stop feeling guilty that half painted pieces kept piling up. She said sometimes a painting had to marinate, then when one pulls it out again, the path that's just the right direction to go in becomes clear. That's what stage I'm in right now. I must have almost a dozen paintings in various stages of completeness. Reading my friend's post freed my mind to stop obsessing on where a certain painting would go. I let them marinate now. They'll find their way eventually.
One such painting found it's path tonight. That abstract watercolor got a makeover and became a favorite. To see the detail please click to enlarge the painting. The original watercolor was done using my Holbein paints. I laid down color then used a slightly damp round brush to wick away paint where I didn't want it. I guess I had a pond in mind as I proceeded but the "picture" in my head sure wasn't clear. I figured I'd come back to it the next day and add more watercolor paint, then decide what I would be. When I awoke the next morning and looked at the dry painting I just felt uninspired to into the "todo" pile it went.
Two months later... I used the white gelly roll pen (gotta love Sakura pens, I couldn't live without their micron archival ink pens!) to define the reeds in the foreground then added highlights and shadows to the moss in the mid-ground using a green metallic gelly pen. I enhanced the boggy feel by smooshing a green-blue gel ink with my finger where I wanted the bog to stand out. Then I added more white to highlight the feeling of mist. At this point I realized just how great my finger worked to move the not yet dry gel ink around, avoiding the harsh lines of a rollerball pen. I did the same in the sky using the same white, metallic blue and a medium purple to enhance the misty moisty feeling of the sky. I absolutely LOVE how different this mixed media painting is from any other painting I've ever done. I just went at it with reckless abandon, not worrying that I might "ruin" the original abstract watercolor beneath.
|Title: "The Pond"|