I like watercolor better than the shiny ink from yesterday. Still leaning toward subdued hues. (Can you see I’m heavily influenced by Arnold Lobel’s work?)
Ink on Water
Dropping ink on wet watercolor paper creates a “tie-dye” effect. I like it. However, I found myself trying to manipulate the result into solid rounds for my flowers. Trying new things reveals my tendencies to myself and gives me an opportunity for reflection. I’m going to do it again and not take a brush to it at all…and see what happens. I find that I prefer using lighter ink colors so that the pen can show through more clearly.
I’m playing with form, color and inspiration. No great art here, just having a lot of fun. For the last one, I didn’t know I was going to write my name in Korean until I did it. It might have something to do with recently reading about Bruce Lee and how proud of he was of his Chinese ethnicity and because I’m so happy that Sandra Oh is the first Asian-American actress nominated for a best lead actress Emmy award. Who knows?
I started with acrylics, but it’s so hard to clean up (requires rubbing alcohol) and gouache is more forgiving. I’m sticking with gouache and watercolor for the near term.
This is a continuation of exercises from Flora Bowley’s online class. Check her out, she’s a great teacher.
Stay curious. Ask yourself, “What would happen if I dipped the whole side of the brush, for example…”
While experimenting with my own brushes and hearing her words, I thought of how critical it is to stay curious in life. It’s so easy (and debilitating) to allow things and people to get “old” on you.
We complain that we’re bored, but maybe WE have become boring.
Ask yourself, “What if…” (and act on that question!) at least once a day.