It is interesting to me how expansive the Bombay Blue is. It just sprints across the wet paper, whereas the Higgins is much more contained & at times hydrophobic. These painting remind me of clouds or brick walls & I am pleased with that dichotomy. Happy Monday Y'all!
Finally an image I am satisfied with. After a week of experimenting with the Dr. Ph. Martin paint I finally had a breakthrough, thanks to something my friend Lydia Makepeace said about how she uses the paint: just use the dropper to apply the pigment directly to wet paper. Ah, the clouds parted & the heavens opened! Such a better working method for this paint. Huge thanks to Lydia for the insight! I persevered with this paint, because the colors are so vibrant & different, than my favorite Winsor & Newton's. I am excited to see where things go now. Happy Tuesday Y'all!
I wanted to explore these paintings again so I painted another. It has been a few months & so the technique with which I approached the first batch was not clear in my mind; hence the variations. Not as much contrast between the blues, much stronger presence of gold, & a lot of variation in line-width & overlap. As a printmaker I am familiar with working in a matrix, so even though I have been choosing to use watercolor for the greater part of a year, it is still the method with which I attack the work: stripes, salt, sumi-e, layer, wait. Happy Wednesday Y'all!
I find this image find it intriguing, but don't know if it is a case of being in the monkey house too long. If it were printed on fabric I would think it is a weird snakeskin & the salt really left it's shape on a lot of the image rather than pulling & pushing the pigment. Regardless I still find enough interest in the piece to share it with y'all. What will you experiment with this week? Be Bold! Happy Monday Y'all!
Arches Hot Press
Morton's Kosher Salt
Modified Triangle Brush
Yesterday I tried this technique on a much larger sheet of paper: 18"x24". The advantage in that is when viewing you are able to enter the piece completely. You eye isn't constantly hitting an edge & there is enough detail to keep you engaged.
Arches Hot Press 140lb. 18"x24", Winsor & Newton Payne's Grey, Morton's Kosher Salt, American Painter Round 1 & Sumi Gold