5/22/08

BURSTING OUT ALL OVER

I've dug into the archives for some paintings that are from almost a decade ago. It's weird to compare them to the work I do now, but since this blog is about a journey, I include them here - even if they are out of sequence.

This painting was one of the first 'poured' paintings I ever tried. Miskit was applied to protect shapes of each layer of color and value while I poured new layers of color over the wet paper. I think this one had at least 6 layers of miskit and pours, maybe seven. Removing all that miskit is the hardest part of the painting. Once the miskit's off, it's nearly done! Softening a few edges and adding some soft suggestions of distant leaves finished the piece.

The car's long gone, probably rusted totally by now. But the memory of seeing it 'planted so beautifully' in early June on a winding, hilly country road in our county remains vivid. The rose was a wild one that had sprung up in this deserted treasure and reminded me of an old Hippie! I could be one:-)

"FLOWER POWER" Transparent Watercolor on 140# CP Arches or Fabriano??? about 15 x 11" COLLECTED

3 comments:

Sandy said...

Wow, that is beautiful, and I can clearly see a lot of difference in your technique and flow, but what a great job on this! I think I'll go plant some flowers around our old junker (except we're still driving it, ha!).

Suzanne said...

Amazing, Sandy! Did you see my post from the other day? If not, you must see Going Nowhere

Elflling said...

I really love this one -- usually the "mask and pour" techniques leaves obvious traces to tell the tale, but not in this one. The technique is a perfect suit to the irregular shapes and angles of the entangle of wild roses. And you made it all look so natural. They look just about to burst out of the page. And I always loved your color sense -- strong yet never garnish. Great job!