Posts Tagged ‘experiment’

Three experiments with watercolours on watercolour paper. The pure coloured paint was added in thin transparent layers allowing each to dry in the first two, while the third was worked on slightly damp paper, to build up interesting marks, textures and colour combinations. It always amazes me how one medium can be used to create so many different effects.


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I went a little crazy with these ones as they play with one of my favourite things; mark making.  I used a mixture of brushes and old credit cards to smear the paint over the paper and then randomly scratched into the paint with different objects. The last two were made using the same colours only varying the layers working from light to dark paint layers in the first and then dark to light in the second:

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The idea behind this set was to play with both intuitive shapes and oil pastel as well as acrylic paint. Thin washes were used over oil pastel scribbling then thick areas of paint were added to solidify the composition all in slightly different ways playing with line, blended shapes (the first two) and finally bold areas of shape set out in pure colours:

I love how the oil pastel comes through the paint offering subtle changes in texture and interest thanks to the resistance it has. Which one is your favourite and why?

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Playing with ‘harder’ geometric shapes is something I don’t do very often. Naturally I tend to work with curves and flowing movement so for this set I tried to push myself to experiment with squares and rectangles. Two played with the same composition in separate studies where as the third layered and overlapped the shapes to create the composition:

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Fins And Feathers ~ Watercolour, gesso and ink on watercolour paper

When you let an image surface and do what it pleases you can never be sure what you will get. Is it fins or feathers? Maybe both and a hidden world of paths and pits.

This one will be up for sale soon on my website, either as it comes or framed.

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It occurred to me, while freezing my arse off in the cold wind and drawing a shell for last week’s art challenge prompt, that I have never drawn a fish outside of a little doodle or cartoon style when I was a child. I’m not sure why that is, thinking about it makes me nervous actually and that usually means I should at least give it a go once.

And so, even though I know I will probably regret it, this week’s challenge is to create an image of/with/inspired by fish.

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