1/10/14

Loose and Juicy


Succulents
In class this week we were trying to see how simple we could keep it and still show some separation of shapes  -  such as the leaves on the plant on the left.  I had intended to work in some detail as I went along, but I really liked what was happening with the looseness, and decided to leave it alone.

I knew the composition was weak, but my intent was to demonstrate some drop-in color and then do some negative painting, and I wasn't thinking much about where I was putting things.  The plant in that dead-center blue and white cup was going to have some negative painting to show the pointy leaves, but I just liked all the bleeding colors there and decided to move on and not do anything else to it. That's what is so much fun about watercolor  -  so often it will do something that is much better than I would have done.

I like some of the things going on in this little painting.  I wonder if I worked out a good composition and gave it another try, if I would still get some of these results.  I am not good at re-doing, but we'll see.   


8 comments:

Shirley said...

You are inspiring me to do more wet-in-wet, loose, juicy watercolor play. Thank you.

Margie said...

I'll stay tuned! Love this one too.

Jennifer McLean said...

gorgeous plants painting. I always love your style.

Marj said...

Love the "looseness" of this.....
and welcome back!

Catherine said...

Shirley - I love painting loose and juicy. I don't have to do a lot of detail - I can quit whenever I want to.

Margie - Thanks!!!

Jennifer - Thanks so much!

Marj - Loose is fun, isn't it?! Thanks.

HollyM said...

It's the looseness and spontaneity that often makes the piece and so a second try for me often doesn't work. I like it but maybe you could even crop it.

Catherine said...

Holly - I am never good at a second try either. Good idea - I think I may just try cropping it in on one side.

Barbara Lilian said...

Hello Catherine. I've just found you from Diana Davis water colours.Love your attitude to teaching I live in rural France & wish I had someone like you near me. I'd join your class, but you have given me the kick-up the pants I needed to get back into using my sketchbook journals. Love your style & method of teaching, just become a new follower.