I have been documenting the winter flowers that bloom, mostly in my backyard, during the LowCountry winter. I recommend checking out the images on Instagram, as they are sure to be the cure for what ails you. Originally I thought I would just post for the 12 days of Christmas, but the blooms have been just too lovely, so the project will continue as long as I find flowers.
"When you take a flower in your hand and really look at it, it's your world for the moment. I want to give that world to someone else. Most people in the city rush around so, they have no time to look at a flower. I want them to see it whether they want to or not. -Georgia O'Keeffe
I am taking some time off from posting here to spend time with family & deal with some ongoing health issues. The #40DaysOfPrintmaking will continue on Instagram.
I have always loved portraiture, with particularly strong leanings towards Fauvist use of color. I forget how much I enjoy the process, & in an attempt to be less serious I present you with these faces. Which if you ask me still look pretty serious despite their vibrant colors. My senior thesis in high school was a show composed entirely of vibrant faces with bright red apples hanging on turquoise thread in front of them. The string & apples provided enough of a veil so that you would have to stand in a specific spot to see the portrait & thus the person. A lot like life, right? The apple temptation proved too much & another student tangled all of the threads by throwing the apples, not a wonderful moment. But at least it fit metaphorically. That AP Art portfolio was not graded highly & since then I have shied away from the faces. However the process is less laboured, much more free & that counts for something. I think the faces will be around for awhile now. Hope you enjoy color!
In the interest of pushing myself outside of my comfort zone & to test if the forms I am using in the aerial view series stand up without affect I produced a blue painting. It reveals that some areas need more work, but that the underlying structure sans salt is solid enough to keep exploring. Experimental success is always encouraging.
I don't remember the first time I saw Jennifer Orkin Lewis of August Wren's work, but I do know I promptly followed her Instagram & Facebook so I could see more of her wonderful illustrations. The colorful conversational pieces she creates always bring a smile with their loose lines & vibrant colors. Jennifer has a great collection of archival prints, from her painting a day series, available on Etsy that I would strongly recommend checking out as well. She has graciously answered the palette project questions below.
JCH: What color do you wish wasn't there?
JOL: Maybe the sienna brown up towards the top, But I do use it so it needs to be there.
JCH: What is your favorite brush?
JOL: Nothing special, I've been using the Winsor & Newton Cotman brand and they are fine for the moment...
JCH: What is your favorite paper/ surface to paint on?
JOL: I love a beautiful hot press watercolor paper with a fine tooth. But lately I've been using an inexpensive sketchbook from MUJI and I love the way the paint lays on that, and I'll use cheap computer paper and kraft paper sometimes!
JCH: What is your favorite color to work with?
JOL: I skew green... sage, olive, dusty teal. And I'm loving Perylene Violet these days.
Today's palette comes from Theresa Hendrickson, my mother. She is a watercolor artist, that frequently paints landscapes & objects found on walks. Her eye for capturing the natural world is amazing. I tagged along to her first watercolor landscape painting class. While I struggled even getting paints on the paper, she laid in the grasses, barn, water & sky as if she had done it 10,000 times before. Her skill is unquestionable. Follow Theresa on Instagram for more gorgeous watercolors.
J: What color do you wish wasn't there?
T: This is a relatively new palette. The colors are pale as compared to all of my previous palettes. I think I would get rid of the "opera pink" in this line up.
J: What is your favorite brush?
T: My favorite brush is a 1 inch flat that I have had for at least 10 years.
J: What is your favorite paper/surface to paint on?
T: I use "Winsor and Newton" watercolor, and "Arches" 140 lb. Hot Pressed Paper.
J: What is your favorite color to work with?
T: One new color that I am especially enjoying is "indatherene blue." I like using it to paint the sky.
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