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Old 02-02-2006, 07:41 AM
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Thinking Negatively WIP

I'm not sure where this little experiment is going to wind up, but I thought I'd invite you along for the ride.

In one of my Watercolor classes recently, the instructor talked about the "Zen" of painting with watercolors. It was a sort of free-association technique where you let the paints show you the way. Actually turned out to be another negative-painting attempt—which is kind of fun to do when you hit a rut or a temporary snag with your painting.

Here is my attempt so far. Comments and critiques and suggestions are invited as always. Sylvia

Paper: Arches 140 lb cold pressed/ 300 g/m2
Size: 10" x 14" / 26 x 36 cm
Paints: Winsor Newton Brown Madder; Daler Rowney Cobalt Green Deep

First step, after taping my paper to a board and selecting my first two colors, was to use my largest brush to wet thoroughly some areas of the paper in large sweeping shapes, but leaving other areas dry.

Mixing up thin puddles of the Brown Madder and the Cobalt Green, I dropped them in around the paper, holding the paper up and letting it run and go where it wanted, helping it along sometimes with my brush.



After looking at it horizontally for a couple of days and not getting any inspiration, I turned it vertically to see what might come to mind:



Voila! All of a sudden, jars started leaping off the page before my eyes. So I lightly drew some of the outlines with a pencil and began to paint around them (negatively) with the same colors I started out with.



Once I began seeing jars, more and more of them started to show themselves whenever I looked. LOL!

That's where it is now, will show you more when I decide my next step. Thanks for looking.

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Sylvia, this looks like fun!

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Re: Thinking Negatively WIP

I knew something was up as you are one of the least negative people I know. This is going to be fun, pulling up a chair...
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Me too. This looks like a learning opportunity.
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Thanks for checking in Lyn, Mike, and Christie. I didn't get any more done today, but will definitely try to post an update tomorrow as I wrestle with the jars. LOL!

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Great start, Sylvia, I'll be watching too! I need to learn how to see shapes in paint, and then develop them, it's not as easy as it looks! lol

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Hi Syl... boy, do I ever love where this is going... all those jars... it's exciting!!! And I LOVE your pallette!!!
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oohhh...can't wait to see where this is going Sylvia! You've been VERY active with your painting lately and it is showing in the quality of your paintings. This is going to be very interesting....waiting......
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ooh, Sylvia, this looks interesting. Makes me think of a print we have, where the artist just ran his press with left over color. Then like you he turned it and Voila! A mountain range in yellow evening light...Your jars are inspired, and I look foward to watching this evolve. (hmm, this could be a fun project for a monthly workshop or a challenge, not that any of us need more to do!!)
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A fascinating way to start, Sylvia. I look forward to watching the negative painting.

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Re: Thinking Negatively WIP

Ruth, You are so right about the difficulty of "seeing" something in the initial washes—once you do though, they just keep popping up!

Char, I like those colors too. Makes me wonder why I haven't used them more often in paintings. I think it is because they are somewhat opaque and don't look as pretty when they are dry. Hit them with some water though and BAM! it looks pretty nice.

Darla, I suffered through a l-o-o-n-g draught for the last few months as the people in the Wash heard me moaning about. It feels good to be turning out some paintings again.

Jen, I looked at that first image above for a few days, turning it every which way until suddenly, when I had it vertical, I saw the first jar! Then it went gangbusters!

Doug, I'm trying to stick with the negative painting and NOT making it too detailed. I think that is going to be the bigger challenge.

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Re: Thinking Negatively WIP

Here is the next stage in the painting. I worked on it a little bit yesterday afternoon and this morning.

As you can see from the pencil shape in the upper right corner, I'm still finding jars and pots.

I decided to add another color and chose Raw Sienna by Daniel Smith because I wanted that warm yellow to go with the other two colors that are fairly warm in tone.

I began to put a little bit of dark around the bottom of the foreground jars. Trying to stay loose, I'm wetting each little jar shape with plain water and dropping in more color and letting it flow trying to differentiate the jars in front from the ones behind.

Here is where it stands at this time. I know I need to add more darks, but don't want to lose the "loose" feeling I have so far.


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This is looking so cool Sylvia. Very southwestern feel to it.
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Sylvia, how you could see jars in the very top picture is totally beyond me but gosh whatever you saw is coming along beautifully!! BRAVO!!!!!!!!!!
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What ^^^^Uschi^^^^ said

Love what is happening here and will tune in again.

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