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Saturday, January 1, 2011

Edge of the Waterfall

I'm finding that those times that I allow the paint to do the work, when I'm open to suggestion from the painting as it develops, I'm often happier with the outcome. This watercolor painting started from simply floating some colors on to the wet paper and letting them do some mingling. I tilted the paper a little to start the action, then watched what happened.
Actually, I applied the paint thinking the painting would be upside down from what I used! After the paper dried and sat for a day or two to "cook", I came back to it and started turning it around, seeing what suggested itself. As it came into this position I could see water coming down and the suggestion of rocks. Then I just started working with the shapes, adding definition. Soon I noticed that there was a falling off at the bottom....I played that up and the waterfall started to appear. Yes, water and rocks are two of my favorite subjects.


  1. I love it, Mom!!! I think that's one that you showed me last week, although it also looks a little unfamiliar, too. Have you made any changes to it since then? I indulged myself in a pastel tonight.

  2. HI, Julia,
    Yes, this is one that I showed you last week.
    I've not changed it, but sometimes they look a little different posted with a crisp white border or a mat. Also, the colors may vary sightly from painting to camera to computer to the blog.
    So glad you did a pastel! Great start back after a busy time!