I couldn't wait to see how paint would look on this fabulous watercolor paper. After all, it IS the paper that makes it all work right?
A day at the botanic garden did the trick.
I took my stack of papers, a small watercolor palette, a bottle of water and a brush and headed for the orchid house.
I came home with six studies. You know, those incomplete paintings you're not sure if you like or hate.
I liked most of them, sort of.
But there was something missing.
I threw them on the table in the studio. A week or so later, I still felt something missing.
And I still felt CURIOUS . . .
I picked up the paint brush to explore options.
The paint got heavy, you know too much paint, not enough white left showing through.
I walked away and let it dry.
The next day I loaded a 2" wide flat wash brush with gesso, first dipped in water so the gesso wouldn't be too overwhelming.
Gesturing the white, I blocked in where I wanted to see Light.
I let it dry completely.
Wow! Space for more watercolor!
I painted til my heart's content and let it dry again.
Then I did it all again!
Sometimes I added water soluble pastels to the mix. Sometimes pencil.
With each layer I wondered if I'd blown the whole thing.
But I didn't care! I didn't listen to her nagging about getting it right!
I just kept on playing my game of colors.
And then I discovered what was missing in the sketches I brought home from the gardens.
It was me!!!