I am an artist, who has been at her blog post more often that her art studio lately, but, nonetheless an artist. Yet when I saw this week’s challenge,”create” my first thought was, “ohhh, I don’t know if I can come up with something for that”. I didn’t see “create”. I saw “CREATE!!”, and the concept of creativity has always scared me. When I speak the word ‘artist’, it lacks conviction. Both words apply pressure and I immediately seize. Having gotten past the moment, I thought I’d share my watercolours.
The painting above, Spirits of the Wood, was the first painting I sold. So it holds a special spot.
Three Boats, Mevagissey
When I started painting, one element of design in particular mystified me: composition. What makes a good composition? I have become more comfortable over time and this painting was a leap for me. I liked the composition; to me it worked. I later learned that this L-shape is a compositional arrangement that masters agree works. So, Yay! I was getting it. I was also pleased with the water in this painting.
This painting was created out of an “I wonder what it would look like if…” moment. I had worked on several marsh scenes which encompassed the whole landscape, and then wondered if a close-up composition would be better. I used a brush for the water and a knife for the reeds. This painting sent me down a path I still keep coming back too, not always successfully, but I am drawn to the subject.
I use my own photographs as references. To see more of my paintings, click here.
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