Just a little preview of a project I’ve been working on. It’s a rather large piece which will serve as the entrance to the children’s area in the Oak Harbor Library. I’ve been working on it since March. It’s been a lot of research and sketching up to this point, but I’m finally getting to the fun part. Shooting for an Oct/Nov install – Lord willing. There’s still a lot of work ahead of me but I can’t wait to share the finished work with the people at Oak Harbor. The librarians there have been so helpful and supportive during the research period of this project. I am so grateful.
During last weekend’s watercolor class I did a quick portrait of my Grandma, who hosted the class.
I’m really very pleased with it. Perhaps not so much how it looks aesthetically, (although I am rather pleased with that as well) but more because of what it means to me as a record of a place and time and a relationship. As long as I can remember, I have memories of painting with my Grandma. She has always been generous with her time and creativity. She taught me how to sew, china paint, make dolls and even let me try my hand at making lamp shades, finishing my shade after I lost interest halfway through. She has encouraged me in every artistic endeavor I have ever taken on.
I love you Grandma.
When mixing colors, especially if one or more of the pigments are made from natural substances (as opposed to synthetic dyes), the colors will partially separate as the binding medium sinks into the paper and evaporates. You can’t control a lot of this process. By experimentation you can have a good idea what the colors will do when mixed and applied in a certain way, but it’s like a chemical reaction. You wind it up, let it go, and the end result is a splendid surprise!
Over the weekend I took a watercolor class, below are a few selected swatches that I found particularly pleasing and exemplary of what I’m talking about. You’ll see a lot of cerulean blue, yellow and violets (made by mixing cad red or crimson with the cerulean), I think I was just in a mood and loving those colors together. Enjoy!
My family went on a trek through the mountains of Idaho last week. I fell in love with the aspen groves. Sadly, this is the only painting I had time to make on our excursion. We took plenty of picutres, though, so perhaps I will do a painting or two from them in the future.