Breaking habits is difficult.
On the third day of the upcoming workshop, as a total change of pace, I will present experimental watercolor techniques that can be used both en plein air and in the studio… while at the same time, recycling unsuccessful or incomplete paintings that have lost their spark for the artist. It’s an excellent use of both time and materials, having fun while solving problems of values, design and color. Only the most stubborn artist will fall into well worn habits of how to approach a painting. The piece of paper starts off less than precious. Perhaps it has already made its way into the trash. Nothing to lose …. right?
Left Image: An ancient painting that I already recycled into a coptic bound sketchbook and was still impossible for me to imagine transforming into something that I didn’t make me grit my teeth.
Right Image: Using a small doily that fits nicely in my pocket, a ripped piece of newspaper, a dried, fallen leaf and my Martha Stewart little round sponges the painting has been given a new life and I learned i little more of how useful neutrals can be to bring subtle and moody life into a painting.
For those of you attending the Santa Rosa workshop at RileyStreet Art Supply, start thinking about which rejected paintings you might want to try to breathe life into.
There’s a good chance that this will be the last post until I return to the studio after May 18th. After that…. watch out! I will have a plethora of paintings to post from my plein air days at Sea Ranch!