Monday, August 8, 2011

Water Violation - Watercolor

Here is a painting that was a struggle from the beginning ( well over a year ago).  I started by pouring a very light color over a dry piece of paper which gave the foreground design which is very similar to my painting "Fish and Flotsam" in how it began.  In this painting, I broke up the poured area into interwoven sections and because this is a handmade paper with lots of texture, I used my most sedimentary paints to show off that texture.  Unfortunately, I put no thought into how those colors would look together and what I ended up with was a cacophony of disharmonious color.  I tried to wash it off in the bathtub and then chose colors that worked better together while still trying to get a lot of texture.  Once I got the colors the way I wanted them I still didn't have any type of focal point and I think you need that even in an abstract so of course I added......Koi!  There's a reason I used to be known as the flower and koi artist.  Anyway, after a year, I'm calling this finished.  I think I actually am happy with how it turned out but I certainly would recommend starting a painting with a little more of an idea of where it is supposed to go.

Water Violation
Image size 22" x 30"
Watercolor

20 comments:

  1. Well it sure was worth the year of effort, Nancy. What a delightful piece and I find myself wondering at the garden surrounding this koi pond...What made those pieces floating on top? Quite lovely!

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  2. I have visited the bathtub on more than one occasion in hopes of getting a fresh start! you are lucky to have the clean looking whites after the bath. The paper details and textures are beautiful.

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  3. This is ac wonderful painting, and I especially love the colors.

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  4. Nancy, this piece is so exciting! It is superb. This is fresh, new and you should enter it in some competitions. It's and eye catcher!!

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  5. I absolutely love this, did you do the pour over the fish, or first and then painted the fish...amazing

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  6. I did a very light pour over dry paper first and then decided where to go. It was meant to be totally abstract but it never gained a focal point and that is why I added the koi.

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  7. It ended up coming out great! I find in the studio that my paintings are better if I plan them. Otherwise I end up scraping off and re-doing.

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  8. Love this piece! I also think you should enter it into a competition. It's very fresh and creative.

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  9. I agree Kimberly. It is much better to have at least a bit of a plan, especially in watercolor. I do like to experiment and let paintings lead in a direction but I let this one lead a little too much and it took me awhile to catch up.

    Thank you Chris. That's very nice to hear.

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  10. Beautiful work Nancy, it's fun reading aout your process!

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  11. This is one of my favorites of yours and I love it! I hope you will do more like this!

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  12. Une travail intéressant qui ne manque pas d'intérêt... le résultat est une belle harmonie de couleurs où vos poissons n'ont pas à rougir de honte... Magnifique!
    Je me suis promenée agréablement dans votre blog... Une autre et même d'autres balades s'imposent...
    Gros bisous

    Un grand merci pour votre gentil commentaire laissé sur mon blog.

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  13. Thank you Theresa. I probably will do more in this fashion. It is a lot of fun. However, I think next time I will plan a bit more.

    Thank you Martine Alison. I enjoyed visiting your blog also and plan to continue visiting.

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  14. Plan or no plan this one is a success! Thanks for sharing the process (including the struggle)! It's beautiful and I agree - worthy of competition!

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  15. I LOVE this painting, Nancy! Definitely one of my favorites and a very difficult piece. I have a pond in my backyard and so many times I've tried to paint the Koi's but it never came out right. Maybe "someday"...or maybe I'll just enjoy seeing yours. Again, excellent painting!

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  16. Thanks Rosemary and Hilda. Keep trying the koi Hilda. They are a lot of fun to practice painting.

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  17. I popped by initially to thank you for following my blog. But I find myself intrigued by your art work and by the variety on offer here! So, meet your newest follower! :0)

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  18. Thanks Sandra and welcome to my blog.

    Thank you Mikko.

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