Playing with an idea or theme can be like a story telling itself. The artist only holds the brush and goes with the ideas that come each moment.

This watercolor started out like that story waiting to be told. Using stamps I'd fashioned out of mat board as well as stencils I'd cut from sheets of plastic, I added and subtracted shapes and colors as it seemed right.

Both transparent watercolor as well as gouache watercolor made the process easy and fun. Gouache is made of the same dry pigment as transparent watercolor but has a type of chalk added, making it easier to lift and very opaque. I liked how the opaqueness of the gouache seemed to make the transparent watercolor seem even more luminous. The hardest part was knowing when to stop.

"HOOK, LINE & SINKER" Transparent Watercolor and Gouache Watercolor on 140# Arches Hot Press 15 x 11" SOLD


womann in glass said...

Hi Sandy, its amazing how much beautiful work you create. I had the flew, did not blog for a week.
You show your waterworld and I show mine, what a coincidence

JPN said...

Just found your blog from Joe Boyd's link...love the following painting posted on 12/5/07:

"AFTER WORK" Transparent Watercolor with Gouache (Opaque Watercolor) on Arches CP140# - 16x11"

Is it for sale? If so, how much?

Jason Nate

Dawn said...

very nice Sandy! I like the yupo too. even I discovered pushy paint this week.

Nick said...

Keeping up with you is impossible...but it makes it fun to visit your blog, always a bunch of killer new stuff. this is great too. hard not to think of Paul Klee when I see something like this - are you a fan?

RHCarpenter said...

This really has a lot to do about lost and found (soft and hard) edges and it works so well, the fish really seem to be weaving their way in and out of the blue and around the other elements of the painting.