Uplifted by color
And exploring intuitive landscapes
Thunder rolls, and heavy rain beats against the windows of our little blue house. On the couch, the bright yellow “crazy” quilt made by my Great-Grandmother surrounds me. It’s made from the leftover fabric of Grandma Iola’s sewing projects. Pictures that have yellowed with age show her family dressed in the clothing she expertly created. The pieces that make up the quilt have a variety of patterns, textures, and sizes. I gaze at the vibrant colors—they lift my spirit, warm my heart, and a smile tugs at my cheeks.
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Playing with strong black shapes, then building up the softer colors. Creating subtle layers for a scene with atmosphere and mystery.
Exploring the properties of watercolor pens. At first, they have a strong, vibrant line. But add some water, and the color softens and merges with what's around it.
Color meditations: I love starting a painting session without a specific plan—opening myself up to play, often by putting down some colors and shapes. Then, respond to them with contrasting shapes and colors—a dark, solid line versus a soft, light one.
Playing with light and dark—and warm and cool colors.
Abstraction to landscapes: I started with abstract shapes: a line, a dark mark, and a scribble, building up exciting shapes and colors. Then, slowly shaping it into something recognizable. “Ah, that could be a tree. And this could be the sun.”
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Thank you to those who have shared my work during the past month—it means a lot!
I hope your Fall is treating you very well!
Sending my love,