"Life is a great big canvas, and you should throw all the paint on it you can." - Danny Kaye
Friday, October 7, 2011
Watercolor Soda Pop
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The above experiment in watercolor is from my small moleskine. At first my intention was for the page to be soft and monochromatic, but it turned out nothing like I expected. One reason I love to paint - surprises are wonderful. I like the perspective, the drawing and painting of just the upper part of a room, intriguing enough that I will probably do this again someday.
Here is my latest revelation: a good watercolor is like a soda, although a soda is easy to come by and a quality watercolor is rare. But they share the same ingredients.
Examining, then the label of a soda:
Carbonated Water - Well, we have water, of course, and bubbles - magical things bubbles aren't they? Potassium citrate - I have no idea what that is. Potassium benzoate - No clue. Acesulfame potassium - We are going from bad to worse.
Artificial color - Now that I understand!
So there is water and there is color and all these indefinable somethings that make it great. Then magic floats to the surface!
On another page of my moleskine, there are three ladies drawn in public on three separate occasions. Now they are together forever in an unending conversation. For me, though, the word well is a bit dry today. So I think I'll just have a soda. [Pssst...Message from the Editor of AnotherBlog: Shhh..Go, go to 2'nFro is you haven't been there already. Our little secret, right?]
Swerving along the artistic road with every sight a potential target. * * * If you'd like to contact me about any of the art that you see - about purchases, commissions or just to say hello - feel free to email me at email@example.com. I'd love to hear from you!