Sometimes I want there to be lots of interaction going on with my creatures but in this painting I decided to let the creatures speak for themselves.
Although my work looks “childlike” to most eyes, I spend a long time on composition and work out color values on paper copies before I watercolor my painting. I often do my work on aquaboard and varnish the finished work rather than use watercolor paper. I can go through 10 to 20 revisions of my drawing before I ever get to the inking stage. Once I do ink in my paintings, I am using the old fashioned technique working with a crow quill pen dipped in indelible ink. More on my process and intent in the next post.
Today I hope you enjoy the tamed wildness of sea anemones intersecting with jungle creatures and giant sized poppies.
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OK, I hope you smile. This is my way of making someone happy. Art gives me joy and joy is happiness.
I have spent several days working on this picture. It took quite awhile to work out the patterns and colors. Swirls and spirals always intrigue me and I like to see them in my paintings. The bunny is offering flowers to the elephant and my cats are hanging out in the tree. I often add a Mother Goddess to my work. She takes care of overseeing each little world. This time she is communing with the flowers oblivious to the curious cats and the animals paying homage to the wonderful elephant. This continues to fit in my jungle series although the creatures are tamer. I do love the color combinations and the sky full of poppies.
Here is a close up of this curious constellation. And we did not get to see the Aurora Borealis here due to cloud cover. My former office mate lives in Fairbanks, Alaska and I would love to see what the sky is like there. I also hope to go back to Iceland to see the Northern Lights (which we did not see when we were there both times we went).
If anyone out in the world of painting is working on aqua board, I would love to hear how you are framing them. I have searched the internet, watched videos on framing them and haven’t quite come up with a good solution. I am going to try a suggestion by Kelley MacDonald and see how it works. I will have to get more creative on the best way to frame a flat varnished board in which the painting goes right up to the edges.
This is a 9″ by 12″ Ink and Watercolor on aqua board. It is varnished and framed in a black and maple shadow box frame. This painting looks really lovely and is for sale for $600.00.
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