An ‘Experiment.’ I love experimenting with paints! Testing. Researching watercolor papers, watercolor brands and colors, oils, acrylics and mediums.
Its a surprise, this rolling the dice. Could it be an addiction?!
I’d prefer to say I’m on a Long, research mission.
Midnight, Ink Stained Face of Watercolor
1000’s of color recipes, test strips and techniques litter my art studio.
I love the thrill of it. And here is yet, Another art technique experiment.
Testing some new color combinations and techniques. Pulling them together, for the sheer pleasure of it.
Simply, to see ‘what happens.’
Perhaps, I am thinking about …. Midnight.
ink stained sky
the face of
beyond our grasp
galaxies winking mocking
magnets all the same
we seek we gaze
at the ink stained sky
with its mocking twinkling
beyond our grasp
I’m definitely thinking about Midnight.
Contemplating, really. That is what art is. Its about 80% thinking and about 20% doing. We often act as if its the other way around though.
The Muse of Inspiration
Perhaps my 1:30am early wake up, counts as Midnight.
The sky was beautifully inked in lovely indigo, indanthrone and lunar black.
The Muse awoke me? Maybe. I was not amused at that hour. Nor, could I get back to sleep at all.
I was Up. For the day. Thank you, Miss Muse.
The stars were certainly out.
They stayed out and very bright and shiny. I watched them until they vanished into the predawn sky. Its really odd the things you notice when you’re awake at those hours.
And as they vanished, I wondered what colors might I use to create the deep, near black.
As you might remember, I am quite partial to The Neighbor’s glorious roses.
Glancing across to the neighbor’s side, past their fence, where their gorgeous rose garden lay. Basking in the full moon of the winter solstice.
It looked so intriguing their pale pink flesh set against the depth of night.
3 Faces of The Day, Watercolors had me wondering also.
Another…. Face to Watercolor?
How about Midnight… jolly good!
By this time, it was close to 4am, and seeing how there’s no way I could go back to sleep then, I planned. Made notes. Recipes.
I think its great to make such good use of time awake, don’t you?! ok, so I am lying through my teeth. I would much prefer to have been sound asleep. But whats the point of whinging? Thats what I thought!
I could easily do a post on Midnight. I certainly have many, early pre dawn hours put in. Easy peasy.
- Daniel Smith Indigo watercolor
- Daniel Smith Indanthrone watercolor
- Daniel Smith Lunar Black watercolor
- Winsor Newton Permanent Rose
- White gouache
- Old toothbrush for splatter
- Wooden skewer for lines
- Saunders 100% cotton, Cold Press watercolor paper
- mixed the background color to the right deep dark tone
- tested this, on a Saunders CP paper
- having mixed a plentiful surplus,
- painted a smooth, flat, even, solid, no lines, wash all over
- let it dry, for 3-4 hours til ‘scratchy dry’
- mix up the rose with white gouache
- test it on the same test sheet above, Over the previous dark wash
- see, there is a reason for Test Strips!
- adjust the color/tone as needed
- use old toothbrush to fine splatter & large splatter
- use skewer to draw into if desired
- don’t fiddle
- let dry
- start a Second image straight away, to Stop the fiddle urge
My 2nd Image, Part II of Inked Stained Face of Watercolor will be upcoming later in the week… stay tuned.
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