Friday, February 18, 2011

Wandering but not lost


10 x 10
pastel on BFK


2 x 2
watercolor sketch

a full sheet of watercolor sketches

The bottom photo shows a brainstorm I had this week. What would happen if I took five simple landscape sketches and blocked them in with color in a variety of combinations? It was easy to create the grid for the sketches with 1/8" artist tape on a full sheet of watercolor paper.

Each color and value combination urged me on to try something else. What a rush!

Since then, I've looked at the sketches to see which excited me, which colors appealed to me, which shapes seemed to generate my energy and interest. I selected the sketch seen in the middle photo and made that one into the larger pastel piece you see in the top photo.

From Notan to watercolor sketch to pastel painting. Another way home. Not all who wander are lost, they might just be seeking a new path. And, for some reason, that reminds me of music (of course) and a nice hike I had last summer in Ketchikan, AK, called "Married Man's Trail." Most definitely the long way home.


5 comments:

SamArtDog said...

What a delightful post this is! From your pastel, to your box of candy sketches, to the video of a song I love, it was a total treat.
Great minds wander similar paths; looks like we both have had our hands in the sweets...

Celeste Bergin said...

I sure enjoy the grid of color combinations--it is wholly pretty. The combination you chose to paint is definitely a winner. It's "fresh"!

Suzanne said...

I love your full sheet of color studies. They're so vibrant! And then your final pastel. It's fun to see how the ideas develop. The "what if". Of course, with musical accompaniment!

Carrie H. said...

I like your 'Bozzetos!' (Myrna Wacknov calls a grid like that on a fullsheet by that name. Good exercise - you can't help but learn something and also it forces you to move out of your comfort zone, for me anyway. I like your progression and your resulting solutions plus it looks like fun. Was it?

Jala Pfaff said...

Gorgeous!!