This has been a very good week. I was lucky to reconnect with a friend and fellow artist that happened to be in the area for a few days. And I am very happy with the paintings I did this week. I was feeling like I needed to step in a new direction for a while to liven things up. This happens somewhat regularly and trying new variations and techniques keeps up my motivation.
I have always liked the look of watercolor and ink used together but hadn’t experimented with it too much until recently. This week I made an effort of keep my paintings loose until the were near their endpoint. Then I would redefine the loose edge with ink to sharpen the focus and composition. I also experimented with using white acrylic gesso over watercolor to soften areas away from the center of interest. This creates abstract passages and, I think, heightens or warps the sense of perspective. I’ll definitely be experimenting with this more in the future.
Here is a painting from this week.