Tag: Wabi Sabi

Blue with a hint … of teal and silver

Blue with a hint … of teal and silver

There is no running away from blue, or from cobalt teal blue.

Nor… would I have it any other way.

Soothing, refreshing. Immersed.

Drawing the eye inwards.

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Blue: Sphere in Oils

Blue Circle

Basically it is simply a circular form, created by using darker tones on the outer edges and going lighter inwards.

Fun!

 

 

Painting Materials

This blue sphere was cropped into a square format.

 

Its an oil painting, not acrylic.

A few have asked if it might be an acrylic.

I chose oils, as I wanted their buttery feel, their radiance, their give;  their ease of getting my edges ‘just right.’

 

By limiting my palette colors it helped to keep the feeling calm, fresh, relaxed.

Choosing to use primarily the blues, with a pop of CTB. (cobalt teal blue)

 

White was used in abundance.

White is the most important color in oils or acrylics, in my opinion.

Unless its liberally, wildly, used – the painting’s tonal values will often be unsuccessful.

They’ll have plenty of mid tones and dark tones; but will lack the much needed Light tones.    

 

 

 

Canvas

I used a brush on the large canvas I had made myself.

I do not do this often. Its a big project. Time consuming for me as well.

I prefer to just go ahead and buy good artist’s quality, premade canvases.

For those curious, the size of the entire image was 3 foot by 4 foot.

 

Something I feel is quite important and mention to students is regarding quality design and thoughtful, planned out construction  vs the size. 

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Miniature Mountains    (size for each     1/2 inch  x   1/2 inch)

 

It is often far more of a challenge to create a truly well balanced, unified painting on a smaller, miniature scale than the larger formats.

So, its not necessarily the case –  that if a painting is big,  it has more worth.  Or quality.

 

 

 

 

 

Enso

I mentioned last week in Enso Moon,  that I would show the entire image … later.

This blue enso partners well with my blue sphere in oils, so I’ve included it today.

 

If, you haven’t read Intriguing Circle in Art  – Enso  this might be just the right time do it.

 

 

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Moon Enso   …  blue,  with hints of silver

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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The Intriguing Circle in Art: Enso

The Intriguing Circle in Art: Enso

Enso. An Intriguing word.

A strange word, a new word?  I can explain.

Or rather,  I can provide subjective descriptions. And examples.

Allowing you to form your own interpretation of what an Enso means, for you.

 

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Enso …. in blue,  with silver dust and cobalt teal

 

The Intriguing Circle: Enso

My thoughts on the Enso.

 

My very first thought: It nearly defies definition.

I don’t really think there is a concrete, hard and fast  “This, is Enso”  definition.

Intangibles are often difficult to completely pin down.

More like trying to capture Vapor as it rises above  – drifting off, and forever, just out of reach.

 

 

 

But lets give it a go.

 

From Wikipedia….. 

This spiritual practice of drawing ensō or writing Japanese calligraphy for self-realization is called hitsuzendō (筆禅道“way of the brush”).

Ensō exemplifies the various topics/dimensions of the Japanese wabi-sabi perspective and aesthetic:

Fukinsei (asymmetry, irregularity),

kanso (simplicity),

koko (basic; weathered),

shizen (without pretense; natural),

yugen (subtly profound grace),

datsuzoku (freedom),

and seijaku (tranquility).

 

In my 7 set series, The 7 Days of Zen,  I explored each one of these Zen  “Wabi Sabi”  topics.

If, you’d like to know more start with The 7 Days of Zen and work your way to The 7th day!

 

 

 

Enso….. It is a circular form drawn and painted, while in the midst of a quiet contemplative state of mind.

It is

A  Moment

when,  the mind

freed –

permits the body and spirit as one,

to Create.

 

 

 

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enso in Ink…. debiriley.com

 

 

 

The Enso,  it could be…. drawn in the dirt or sand.

Or done with a brush using water only upon a footpath…… to vanish within mere moments.

Very Wabi Sabi.

 

The purpose of the Enso is  or could be, about causing the artist to focus on the Inward journey.

To think.  Contemplate and become more aware.

 

It  isn’t actually about producing  something for show and tell,  for sale, for display, for others.

Enso……  its about the intriguing inner journey we all walk, step by step, each day.

 

 

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enso design by karen

 

Enso

I believe Enso symbolises –

The Circle of Togetherness.  United, connected, in harmony.  Oneness.

The Circle of Awareness  ie  “Enlightenment.”

 

Its about feeling.

Its is about en-lighten-ment…. The light of understanding shining  suddenly upon you.

It is about letting go.

It is about self reflection, contemplation, peace – serenity.

 

Purpose filled.

Not wasted, not empty.

Its about making each step,  every breath, every brush stroke,  each mark made,   every step taken – mean some thing.

 

 

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Blue Copper Enso,   A ‘closed’  enso;    student’s work from class

 

Enso is a single,  thought filled ……. studied brush mark.

 

A brush mark upon a surface in a circular form.

No need for ‘perfection’  –  full stop.

 

The need,  is for the aiming towards unity, oneness, balance.

 

The Enso is the visual culmination of  an enlightened moment, a space, a place in time.

 

 

How

The Enso has phases as the ink on the brush, slowly runs out.

The first 1/4 of the stroke is usually full, dense, dark, thick, even having blobs.

The next phase runs smoother,  finer.

By the 1/4 mark from the end though you’ll see a rapid decrease in ink.

Often giving a wispy tail effect on many enso drawings.

These things are dependent, upon the paper used and the brush used.

As well as  the individual artist.

 

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Libby’s Enso; enso beginning, end

 

 

Enso  Steps 

  1. Gather the art supplies. inks, brushes, papers, canvas, paints, etc.
  2. Contemplate,  be meditative about the enso image you desire to make 
  3. FULLY  LOAD   brush with the ink, paint required for the entire, enso
  4. Breathe deep calming relaxing breaths, inhaling exhaling, til…. Relaxed
  5. Draw the enso shape – Using ONE long, fluid, stroke…….. just 1
  6. If, you wish,  add your thoughts, words or verse to the image 
  7. sign it;   as you do, think about balance & harmony of placement

 

you can use canvas, papers of all sorts… rice paper is fabulous, bamboo, cotton, silk, etc.   

you could deckle ie tear the edges of the paper to make it look more weathered, decorative, wabi sabi 

using metallic powders ie  copper, silver, gold,  sprinkled into the ink or watercolor could add dimension

or you could draw the enso over a Pale, tinted wash of watercolor – just make sure the ink you Enso with is deep dark enough to go over the w/c wash & provide Good Contrast!      

 

 

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Serenity – eleanors enso

 

 

 

ENSO Benefits and Learning Outcomes

A primary benefit is it trains us to be more mindful of our brushstrokes.  ie not to fiddle. 

Reminding us,  every single brushstroke and mark we make,  needs to Count.

Needs to mean something.  We become more aware of this, the more often we practice Enso.    

Bottom line is: we get paintings with far less Mud, far less overworked paintings, more decisive bolder,  stronger artwork when we partner up, with enso practice.     

Creativity and Imagination are developed, strengthened. Made into super highways in us rather than the meager little goat tracks they once were.   

 

The enso shape,  the simple circle, permits the mind to wander.

To wonder. To Imagine. Unlike the box like rectangle, that tends to restrain us, confine us. Keep us in our place.

The circle, the enso invites creativity.   

And by inviting creativity we actually … perform better.

 

 

Enso

The practice of this form of art, helps the artist in these ways: 

  • Developing a sense of calm, using a new, clarified approach creating art.
  • Finding, seeking out the connections…. (within the subject, within the larger picture, within the self) 
  • Stillness. Contemplation before creation results in a stronger image ie Result.
  • No fiddling. Means No Mud.    This, transfers over into all your painting efforts. 
  • Relaxation.  It is in the peaceful non-stressed state,  we are freed to be Creative.
  • Concise, Meaning-Full.  The practice of enso trains us to make every mark,  count. 
  • Begin to think on the content, the deeper message of your art.
  • one stroke.  This, teaches us restraint. A wise &  Masterful use of tools, materials, resources.
  • In The Creative Zone.  Fully present in that moment. no where else. Where you are  connected to the art, to the tools – materials, the subject, the self, the mood/feeling.  Enabling you to convey those things onto the paper. 
  • Enso … to me,  is a frame of mind where we are Calm. Measured. Purposeful.    An ideal space to be, when we want to really truly permit our creativity, imaginations free.

 

Ideas for Your Enso…..

Watercolor Enso colors –    indigo   indanthrone   jade      perylene green      mayan blue     amethyst   purpurite   prussian    lunar black      amazonite        

Pairings……  LunarBlack+phalo      Indanthrone+Ultramarine     Indigo+CTB       Perylene green + Zoisite (or Mayan Blue)   

 

 

 

Artists, References, Sources

 

 

Kazuaki Tanahashi

Full of information, techniques, guidance his calm, kind and thoughtful approach to art transfers easily to his students and audience.  Definitely a Master.  Kazuaki’s enso paintings are unique, creative and so soothing.   He has workshops, worldwide California to Italy. Plus, offers online courses.

I love his work.  And simply have to say you’ll love it too!

Check in with Kaz at Brushmind.net

 

“As soon as you accept the accidental effects,

they are no longer accidents.

They are necessity the part of yourself that you could not expect or design beforehand.

Thus, the realm of your creativity grows wider.”

Kazuaki Tanahashi

 

 

Nakajima Hiroyuki

A contemporary artist, uses gigantic brushes effortlessly.  The smallest of brushes, and fingers, hands, cardboard, pastels, inks, acrylics…… seemlingly,  any tool, any media is handled with ease. Ahhh…. once again, A  Master well worth going to have a further study with!

 Hiroyuki, blends  Japanese calligraphy “Shodo” with nature, with Zen, with Tai Chi movements.  It is really,  a performance art. Something to Watch, not merely look at.

 

 

Shodo:  the Quiet Art of Japanese Zen Calligraphy  by Shozo Sato   ISBN13   9784805312049   is a beautiful,  hardcover book with large expressive illustrations and instructions.  Available at Abe books online.

 

 

 

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illumination, the enso path by angela   (enso in detail)

 

Illumination

Enso, is a pathway that can lead us towards awareness, towards illumination.

 

 

I once explained Enso as a way to enjoy art more, to engage in the process more.  That we could think of it, in a way, Like eating a meal.

 

We can either quickly bolt down our Thanksgiving banquet.

Or we can fully engage in the savoring of each dish we select to partake of.

 

It is an awareness of what we are doing right then.

It is a way to enjoy things …more.

Extracting every molecule of enjoyment from the moment that we are able.

To Live.  Not merely exist.

Becoming More aware of our steps, of  our marks we make.

 

 

The more I train myself to look at things with simplicity, harmony, clarity, balance, acceptance in mind The better my art work will be.

It can’t help but to improve.

Because I am training myself to fully engage, to fully observe, to be fully aware. This is conveyed to the viewer.

 

This is,  I guess, philosophy of sorts.

But, it is art.

And an  integral piece for me.

 

And as your art becomes filled with more variations and content, and more depth;  you too, become more.

It is connected.

 

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silvery moon midst the midnight skies

 

 

In a past post, The Haunting magic of Nature   I stated,

“Make it count.”

Enso guides us along this path in one of the best ways that I  know of.

 

And,  no.   We aren’t all ready for it at the same time.

That is the way of things.

And, its ok.

 

So maybe I’m ready now, but when I began my art journey years ago I most certainly was not.

I was too tight, too rigid, too locked into the constraints I had been told were the right ways to follow.

 

Yes,  its difficult to break, the barriers holding us back.

Difficult.

Not impossible.

 

 

 

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Enso in silvered blues of the Moon

 

More Reference Sources for you

 

Excerpts below, taken from articles by John Stevens and  Audrey Yoshiko Seo and the Modern Zen Enso may help to further clarify, “What Is the Enso?”

 

John Stevens   What is an Enso

The Zen poet Hanshan wrote -“My heart is like the autumn moon’’-  perhaps to indicate that the enso symbolizes  the moon-mind of enlightenment.

Another inscription,  “Within the ever revolving circle of human passions, things come and go, come and go,”  to represent a wheel.

 

Zen masters create enso paintings as meditation prompts for their students.

Each Zen master has their own Enso style. That individuality is clearly expressed in their art.

 

Some enso circles are perfectly symmetrical;

others are completely lopsided.

Most are done in one stroke; others are made from 2  half circles.

Some are massive, thick; others spindly, delicate.  Fragile.

Most begin in the left-hand corner of the paper, but can start at the top or bottom.

 

 

Audrey Yoshiko Seo, author of Ensō: Zen Circles of Enlightenment writes,

“Zen circles, ensō, are symbols of teaching, reality, enlightenment, and a myriad of things in between.

Seemingly perfect in their continuity, balance, and sense of completeness, and yet often irregular in execution,

ensō are at once the most fundamentally simple and the most complex shape.

They seem to leave little room for variation, and yet in the hands of Zen masters, the varieties of personal expression are endless.

Enso  evoke power, dynamism, charm, humor, drama, and stillness.”

 

 

 

Modern Zen Enso 

Enso.  The two Kanji symbols that create the word, enso  translate as Mutual Circle or  Circle of Togetherness.

 

The symbolism of an enso might refer to:  the beginning and end of all things;  the circle of life;  and the connectedness of existence.

It can symbolise being full or empty;  presence or absence.

All things might be contained within, or excluded by its boundaries.

It can symbolise infinity, the “no-thing,”  the perfect meditative state, and enlightenment.

Often it represents the moon;  the moon being a symbol of enlightenment.

The Enso can also represent the moon’s reflection on water,  symbolising the futility of searching for enlightenment outside oneself.

 

 

 

Enso symbolises so much more:

The acceptance of imperfection as perfect,  the universe, single mindedness,  strength, elegance and,  the state of mind of the artist at the moment of creation.

 

The circle of infinity and the cyclical nature of existence,   simplicity, completeness, endlessness, perfect harmony, the oneness of life and all things contained within it, the absolute fullness in emptiness, the spirit of harmonious cooperation, the visible and the invisible.

 

The enso is a universally known symbol of wholeness and completion; “form is void and void is form.”

When you take the time, to study the enso  you see that form and void are related….connected.

And, in fact, define each other.

 

 

It is a fascinating   expression of individuality  as expressed by variations in ink tones, brushstroke thickness, shape of the circle.

And even the positioning of the single point where the circle begins and ends.

 

There are so many definitions available, that each of us is left to select or create our own definition of enso.

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enso by joyce

 

 

Opening in the Enso

The Enso may be closed or painted with an opening in the circle.

 

The open enso might symbolise that it is not in isolation, but is instead,  part of  the greater Whole.  ie  “Circle of Togetherness.”

The open circle reflects that the enso is not contained within itself:  but opens out,  into infinity. “Infinity Circle.”

 

The Open Enso can also suggest imperfection.  Imperfection as an important, necessary, inherent element to our existence.

The Enso can be the open circle of emptiness in which the self flows in and out while remaining centered; or it can be closed.

 

Allowing the enso to remain open,  is as if we’re allowing room for the spirit to flow in and out of the circle; allowing it to Breathe.

Breath and emptiness are essential ingredients for meditation, contemplation and the creation of a spiritual life.

 

Drawing the enso is a contemplative meditative.  An inward process.

Meditating in silence for lengthy time period, before picking up the brush and paper is a common routine for the zen artist.

The Enso is done quickly.  As a manifestation of what existed within the artist’s mind already.

 

 

Imperfections

Enso is a Zen symbol of the  imperfection of all things.

The natural occurring imperfections of the enso, drawn by man’s hand not machine, nor helped with precision based tools – make the enso a beauty of natural perfection.

Perfect as it is.

In all its flaws, all its imperfections.

The Enso, teaches the student to cease struggling.

To abandon the compulsion for Perfection.

To permit things to unfold, as they will.

 

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circle of completion ….enso on rice paper

 

 

Finishing….

By embracing the practice of Enso, even if its only occasionally – it can help us not just in art, but every day living.

In making the most of each moment.

 

We are making marks. Every day.

Every action, step, word, look, art work we create is a mark.

A brush stroke, if you will.

 

The practice of enso,  I believe,  teaches us that our lives – are works of art –    Or can be.

 

 

 

 

Enso moon: silver

Enso moon: silver

A glimpse is all.

The sliver of enso.

A silvered moonlit night.

Clouds swirl round and round, the pretty moon.

 

 

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Enso in silvered blues …  a close up Detail, from my Enso painting

 

So perfect for the Halloween night.

 

 

Enso Moon

 

 

This is only a very, quick brief look.

A teaser for “Tell All” in the next upcoming post  – The Intriguing Circle in Art – Enso. 

I’ll be providing a much more detailed and far lengthier post,  explaining and describing The Enso.

With a lot more fun images!

 

So fun,  so Zen,  so Wabi Sabi.     

 

 

Trees: ink, light and feeling

Trees: ink, light and feeling

Feeling the trees with ink and light.

Brushes and skewers, are used lightly softly.

The black ink diluted in many tones, plays upon the dampened paper.

 

 

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Ink Trees

 

Trees in Ink

 

You never know, just what may come about, what may emerge.

A surprise each time.

 

Many surprises are wonderful.

And many are also oops and border right on the cusp of utter disaster.

 

But I try to give the positive experience, that creative moment at hand,  my entire focus.

And disregard the negatives.

 

 

 

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inked up trees

 

 

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Ink chop Black and White

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Inking Up in October

Inking Up in October

Inks on trend….

not that I  ever ‘do what I’m told, or supposed to do.’

But,  I am in the process of “inking up.”

 

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Inking Up

 

 

That’s the start of the process.

 

 

Materials for Inking Up

 

I can’t help but love all my gorgeous papers, inks and brushes and stones. They’re just so lovely!

 

The  Feel of them, is fabulous.

 

Slate grey, the ink stone is cool and smooth to the touch.

 

My Masa papers are slightly velvety, not rough, but with a gentle raspy surface. Which is perfect for the ink. It will absorb, but not act like blotting paper. Nor will it run off, unabsorbed.  I’ve been happy with this paper and its sensitive, versatility.

 

An old weathered stick gathered from the Pacific NW shores, is worn smooth with the point bluntly tapered. Its not as sharply pointed as my new, fresh skewer.

The first provides a wider, broader line and mark. Perhaps for larger items or things less important.

But the thin, super sharp tipped skewer… it is meant for details. To pull the eye to something important. A focal point.

 

The chinese brushes, my hakes, and the flat Davinci brush with its silky bristles … lie in wait.

I don’t know yet, what they will be needed for.  I’m sure they will let me know, when the time comes.

Time. Experience. Practice. Mistakes.

With these, you develop that kind of sensitivity to your materials.  And to your subjects.

 

 

The stunningly carved head and face of the dragon – lion, really inspires me all on its own.

 

 

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dragon-lion

 

Contemplation,   inked up

Every aspect, is considered.

Reflected upon.

 

I do immerse myself in the process, in the way of the brush.

In the way of the inks. In the way of the materials.

 

In the Feeling of the subject and materials.

It is, a very non Western way.

 

It is so much more in tune with the Eastern way of art.

This feels to me,  more liberating.

Expressive.  Expansive.

It works, for me.

 

Looking forward to inking up, tomorrow!

 

 

 

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enso   and the resting dragon

 

 

 

Audacious Color in the Hills

Audacious Color in the Hills

Bold, yet harmonious in its own way.

Filled with colors, flecks and splatters.

Filled with

so many imperfections.

 

 

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bold colored hills

 

 

Watercolor Impressions

 

I like it, full of those flaws.

Its real.

It has Character.

 

 

And definitely has its own vibe to it.

A rough and bold feeling.

These hills don’t seem timid nor shy.

 

 

Watercolor paints were poured on, splashed on, skewered on and splattered on.

The painting is I’d say, rather abrupt, and gets right in your face.

 

 

It has the audacity to be flawed, and to like it.

 

 

 

 

A word I may choose to think more on….

“flawed”

 

 

 

I did this painting quite some time ago.

It sold. I’d forgotten it.

 

Then I discovered my photograph I’d taken before it sold.

And it left me thinking,  I really need to return to that same level of freedom.

 

That ‘bold devil may care’ attitude.

Heedless of any  petty imperfections, to just – Paint!

 

 

 

great partner posts

Taming the Dragon of Perfection 

The 7 days of Imperfect, Impermanent, Unfinished 

 

 

 

watercolor feeling… Serenity

watercolor feeling… Serenity

Yes,  this Impressionist Landscape is another watercolor  “re – do.”

As I paint, I find it relaxing to realise, Yes  we can return to our painting efforts later. Sometimes, much later.

We can change that painting and it can be improved.

Our painting efforts are not, “all flops and failures, and no good!”

I’m sure that this  statement will resonate with many readers, many of you who are just beginning your watercolor journeys and are often frustrated.

Take heart.  Tuck the painting into a little storage shelf or box.

For “Later.”

 

 

 

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Serenity with Watercolors

 

 

There is Serenity

There is a peacefulness in knowing that sometime later, you will have the skills.

That in due time, you will have the knowledge to make the required alterations to a painting in order to showcase it to its full potential.

 

I don’t worry, or stress anymore about adding an image to my now quite large ‘Later’ box file.

I actually find it comforting.

Its my reserve box, full of bits and pieces, that I can select from at will when I want to paint, but not have to start right from scratch.

 

 

 

Later isn’t always procrastination

A secret…. The featured watercolor painting I’ve shown, was originally begun 10 years ago.

 

 

When we File our paintings  in the “Later” Box we might at first feel guilty. Or frustrated.

But,  this is not procrastination.

 

This is a valuable lesson in persistence, discipline, and self kindness.

So what if you end up with a box with 100 or 500  “later” images.

That only means you have 100 -500 opportunities down the track to try new resolution methods.

 

 

 

Recapturing the Freedom

Many times, those gathered from the “Later” box  are the ones that have the vigor, the passion, the freedom we can’t fake in our more recent works.

We can’t manufacture an authentic enthusiasm that doesn’t exist.

We may have been trying, striving too hard.  Trying to get a great painting.

Trying to get one that’s “Good Enough.”

 

Best to take the fresh painting with all its  many faults and do just a wee bit of tweaking, altering.

And allow the painting’s fresh youthful vitality & impulsive quirkiness, carry the day.

 

 

 

Perfection or Serenity?

Technical brilliance and perfection should not  always be the number #1  goal for our  art efforts.

 

We want the image to have spark, and Life.

And as we  know, life isn’t always ‘perfect.’   A painting effort, an artistic expression that reflects Life, gives the viewers something.

Something Real.

 

By showing an imperfection or two, we allow the viewer to actually feel more at ease. At home.

More calm, more peaceful, more Serene.

 

When something is pristine, without spot blemish or wrinkle,  ‘completely perfect’…. it tends to make many of us feel somewhat on guard.

We instinctively don’t want to do any thing  to  ‘mar’ that perfection. Nor to somehow ‘mess it up.’

 

We are not Serene …. in that environment.

 

 

 

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Magical Mists  Burnt Umber Cobalt Teal Blue

 

Magical Mists watercolor with cobalt teal blue, cobalt violet and Burnt Umber.

This isn’t a “perfect” painting.

But even so, one can become lost within the branches, the textures, the subtle color transitions.

With the thin, lone sapling twisting from the marsh shorelines and the cobalt teal to insinuate sky and water… this is a very soft diffused painting.

Without technical brilliance.

But instead, it does have feeling.  It has a sense of magic and serenity that lures us in.    That works for me.

 

 

Pause when Uncertain

Back to the Featured Painting “Serenity.”

And so, once again, like the previous painting Magnolias this is an older painting.

Not new.  Not fresh off the press by any means!

But, because I had been  unclear at the time as to exactly what to do to make the improvements – I left it alone.

I put it aside.  Into my “Later” box.

 

Then recently, bringing it out for some alterations and remodeling.

With alot of rinsing, scrubbing and lifting to get the light back, I now feel pleased.

Now it has the emotion I wanted from it.

I feel…..  Serenity.

 

 

 

colors used

Burnt Umber PBr7  Maimerblue        burnt umber,  prussian blue, green earth    

Cobalt Violet PV49 Daniel Smith

Ultramarine Blue PB29 Daniel Smith

Raw Sienna PBr7  Maimeriblu

 

 

Learning Outcomes

  • limiting the palette;  3-4 paints really are plenty
  • watercolors can still be lifted off, even after 10 years
  • many so called failures, are merely efforts that are   “just not yet resolved”
  • with time, with experience, with dogged persistence, so many things can be resolved
  • cobalt violet mixed with ultramarine creates a great shadowy purple
  • for me, serenity holds more value than pure technical perfection