Wisteria flowers are one of my favorite subjects which you may have noticed. This one is painted in acrylic - always a challenge for me. When I started painting the background (my first step,) I was fighting with the paint because I was treating it as though I was painting in watercolor. I know better than to do this but each time I paint in acrylics, it's as though I'm doing it for the first time. I guess I'm either a slow learner or I'm stubborn and determined to do it MY way. However, the paint always seems to win.
The canvas that this is painted on is rather unique. It is a gallery wrapped canvas but instead of having sides that are perpendicular to the front, the sides angle toward the back at a 45 degree angle so the painting can be hung in a corner of a room at a 45 degree angle. It can also be hung on a wall in a traditional manner and then looks like it is floating. It's a fun concept.
"Running on Water" is my first attempt at an abstract in watercolor. I'd been planning to do one for a long time. I found a piece of paper in my my art supplies that was a cream color which was interesting because I've never seen a watercolor paper that color. Well, after starting to paint on it I realized that it is probably printmaking paper because it is very absorbent and didn't seem to have sizing in it or on the surface. That made the paint react differently than usual which made it a challenge. It was hard to get the dark colors dark enough because the color kept absorbing into the paper. I ended up using the black straight from the tube which is a weird feeling with watercolor because it doesn't flow.
Running on Water Image Size 15" x 22" Watercolor Framed
This is a painting that I did about a year ago so it's not my weekly painting. I did it for the Tustin Garden Club yearbook for this upcoming year and wanted to post it with the paintings below so that you can get a feeling for this project. If you visually divide it from top to bottom down the middle, you can imagine what the front and back of the book will look like. The three pictures below are my weekly painting project.
I work in just about every art medium I can get my hands on with my favorites being watercolor and silk painting. I love to experiment with different mediums and styles of painting. I try to paint every day and will post my paintings here as I finish them. I really appreciate any comments you may have on the paintings. You can sign up below to receive the postings automatically by e-mail. If you would like to see my artwork divided by medium, visit my website. If you would like information on purchasing one of my paintings, please send me an e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org