Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Watercolor Truffles and Some Grass

Watercolor washes on pristine paper, not a bad way to spend part of a day. Color studies, ultramarine violet puddles and truffles. And I still have plenty of apples. As anyone who works with watercolor knows, the color and flow are sheer pleasure. At least when they go where you want them to go. Not so much when they don't. Oh, actually... the chaos can be fun with them too.

In fact, as I look at the simple color washes for those neutrals for sand, I think I will do some of those texture "tweed" pieces in watercolor too. Tweeds look neutral, but are filled with color. These pigments do some wonderful flow and settle so the texture could be really luscious. The bits of shell that go on that sand aren't very fancy. Simple shapes really. So it could be very good opportunity to take not much of anything and see if I can make it into something elegant. Joseph Raffael does some incredible color work with "neutrals" like that. So on to the list those go. That'll be fun to put them along side the oils.

Discovery is a good thing. It's half the reason I paint. Like walking along a creek, or a shore...you never know what might show up. Something that's worth taking a closer look. Time to unplug and paint some more. Come on Brush. Time to go exploring.

Do you like to be open to something you find along the way? Even in the middle of a straight ahead march?

6 comments:

A Brush with Color said...

I think when you're surprised by things along the way it's even more delicious. Love these peeks into your truffles and that shiny apple is gorgeous! Joseph Raffael's work is stunning! thanks for the heads up!

Janice C. Cartier said...

I am a long time admirer of Raffael's work..he works huge!! And I love to do that.

ParisBreakfasts said...

Is rhar yesterday's apple?
I'm eating an apple as I read
I like the truffles..will the apple join them or is it for eating?
Someday...

Janice C. Cartier said...

That's today's apple. The other one was yummy. Those truffles came without paper sleeves...;-( Hm..will have to improvise.

Evelyn Lim said...

It depends on my mood. There are times when I would like to know how things are going; but I'd like to think that mostly, I am open to letting myself being in the flow. There is much more freedom. Also, the end result is often astounding!

Janice C. Cartier said...

Evelyn- I think it is intriguing that you can meditate and go with the flow and yet have a banker's background. Although money is just an exchange and flow as well. I like to explore some of those surprising outcomes. Coming to see you.