Power is restored, paintings scanned and ready for posting! It is, however, still raining ….
Sometimes it helps to have a low level of energy. When I painted these last week, I was halfway through our power outage from Hurricane Irene. All fourteen paintings done that night during the Blues Jam express a put-it-down-and-leave-it attitude. Shapes are either united by the proximity of their colors or accentuated by their difference in temperature (warm or cool) and value. I found that I left many of the figures unpainted, allowing the background color to define the figure as a simple shape.
I’m happy when I go home with a painting of a drummer. So often they are blocked from view. I especially like the transition from warm to cool colors in this painting of Steve. When painting like this with watercolor I feel that the paint and I are partners. I allow the paint to spread and mix on the paper and the watercolor allows me to respond to the music and the energy in the room without getting fussy.
Paintings: drawn first with black ink using a dip pen, followed by strokes of watercolor