Well, I’m back to blogging, now that my new modem is in place. Hooray!
Light has been on my mind. In these waning days of winter, every day that there has been sun it has felt like Christmas to me. I’ve always loved light, reveled in it, and require it. No dark rooms for me! If I don’t have light, I start wilting.
I guess that explains why I emphasize the effects of light in my paintings so much. I love the way light plays with natural objects – how it glows through flower petals, revealing the intricate veining within (detail of Crocus Alive and Squash Blossom Ballet).
I also love how strong light provides contrast and shadows (Lizard at 11:10 and Feather Stone Study below).
With the sharp contrasts, the object being painted stands out and shouts to be noticed. (Hello, Mr. Lizard!)
Currently, I’m working on a project that also shows strong contrasts. I’ll include a photo of the finished painting when I’m done. It’s a bit of a departure and experimental. First, I’m combining watercolor and gouache. Secondly, I wanted to try Ampersand’s Clayboard. The results are unexpected and kind of weird (in a good way). I’m having fun with it, and that’s the point of doing what you love, after all.