A Watercolour Exercise and Prima Painted Canvas

Right now I have no classes on the agenda. Feels a little weird, and a lot liberating. I needed this break.

My studio is a disaster area. Right after I decided to take a break from classes, six cases of canvases pre-ordered from Opus arrived. I will be doing mixed media classes, but not for a while.

Yesterday I started a painting; actually, I hesitate to call it a painting because the word evokes ideas of art galleries and framing, and what I really need is to be free to experiment without the pressure of a positive outcome.

What I like: The expressive feel of this exercise.

What I don’t like: Needs more variation in value and a more developed composition.

What I want to do: Find my “zone,” released from expectations and rules.

I also have done a little combining with painting and scrapbooking. Check out this page:

The background is Prima canvas, which has a pattern printed on it in beige. I painted it with watercolour paint (see my video tutorial here) and then used markers to outline and doodle and did a little stamping as well! Just love it.

I did some sorting and I now have a full portfolio of paintings I’m not going to frame but don’t want to throw away, and a box of stamped cards that I will be donating to a worthy cause. Any suggestions? Many of them are too girly to give to Operation Write Home.

2 Comments

  1. B.J. Moore · May 23, 2012 Reply

    I feel strongly about giving to a women’s shelter. So many are in need of anything and everything `homey` and soft. My cousin had need of one and as it saved her life…since she passed too early in March…I’m making a quilt to send to one in Ont. in her memory.
    Women need to see beauty in their life!
    You certainly have a wonderful talent for pulling the beauty out of any of the objects you paint.
    That page is wonderful!!!

  2. Karin · May 24, 2012 Reply

    AMAZING!!!
    You paint exactly like I think watercolors should be done. So PERFECT!!!! I LOVE, LOVE LOVE your work!
    Hugs, Karin

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