Evolution of an Artist #6...Inspired CreativityOne day I started thinking different thoughts.
And that changed everything for me.
My realism watercolor paintings were consistently juried into shows, winning awards, and selling. Three years ago I sat alone, relaxed, and let my mind wander.
A basic element of art surfaced...values...and I sat with that, without reason. Then color arrived, the three primaries, in particular. An idea then started percolating... of blending the primary colors according to values. And then it was gone, like ideas do. But I kept pulling the thoughts back to me, devising practical ways of doing that. I woke early and went into the studio and created this first painting:
Three primary colors: red, yellow, and blue. Four dark to light values (including white), and shapes. This is my husband, Bill. When I showed him, his first comment was, "Why didn't you fix the bags under my eyes?" Sheesh...I'm only an artist!
Notice the temperature of these two paintings. I used warm red and yellow pigments on the boat which produced a warm painting. The ocean scene is cooler because I chose a cool blue, red, and yellow. Am working with color combinations...some are beautiful and I have a list of those that do not work well and produce muddy colors.
The trees and stream on the left was a busy undertaking but I loved those bare trees and went for it. Helps to work large with a subject this complicated. The ocean rock and tree is smaller and simple. That was another huge lesson...no matter how expertly I sketched and painted...if I had a busy subject on a smaller paper it didn't read well.
The addition of soft edges. Another element of art and one I desire to master with this technique to take my paintings up to the next level.
Hope you have enjoyed my writings and art.
Have a wonderful holiday season and watch for more paintings in 2020.
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Hi...I'm Patrice... an acrylic painter who writes, and enjoys sharing how I create and think.