My drawing and painting life
I felt the need to take it easy and play with watercolor for a bit. To get me started I painted a bird. Perhaps to convince me that it was better to play…. It didn’t look like much to me at the time. I didn’t feel like doing a precise painting.
To give you an impression, here’s a bird on a branch, which I made as one of the last play paintings. And next to it, the bird I started with.
Anyway, after the first bird, play involved lots of water and each time I used just three or four colors, dropping the paint into an already wet page (wet with plain water). I love how the paint moves when I paint wet into wet. You don’t always know what will come of it. Also painting fast and pushing the colors into one another when still wet.
No master pieces, just having fun.
To give you another impression. I sometimes worked the paint quite a bit, dropped in new paint (burnt orange), scratched with a stick or back of the brush to create lines or texture (below right). One of the pieces I started with very wet paper, dropped in red and dark blue and painted blue around (below left). I left it as vague as it turned out. Perhaps on another day I can make something interesting from it.
Maybe I will draw on top, or use for collage one day. But for the moment I will keep them as is, to remind me that some days you just have to play and not ask too much of yourself.
Well to be honest, I hear the inner critic who’s talking in the back of my mind. “Simple stuff! Why do you bother even posting this?” Thank you , inner critic.
So I’d better practice what Cat Bennett is suggesting we do: turning a negative judgment into a positive. Always try and find what is interesting in your piece. Well, in fact, the vague piece I find interesting just because it is vague. I will look at it the coming days and see what my associations are with this piece. Might be a lot more interesting than the flower on the right. That is a flower, and will probably stay a flower. 🙂
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