I came across the work of remarkable artist Sarah Gee on the Jealous Curator and I’m so inspired by her amazing artwork. The girls and I hacked a box fan to make our own crude spinner and spent some of the afternoon gleefully coloring these radial rainbows with markers and watercolor paint. I had so much fun! After trying it out, I admire Gee’s subtle coloring and control even more.
Loads of fun lately with the sharpie pens and watercolor paints. I started working on this Crown Gate image a few days ago. It’s interesting to start with a simple shape and then react to it, layering on details and ideas as they bubble up. Memory, and dreams and the conscious and unconscious. We share lives, and sometimes we remember things so differently. Or events that are so formative to one person don’t even register to others who shared those experiences. What’s locked up, quietly influencing my choices and reactions?
Meredith and a friend wanted to try something similar, so I gave them a start.
Meredith and Holly both gave me paintings for Christmas, Pointsettia and Girl with Pine Trees. I also got a beautiful handmade brush holder from my sister in law (check out her etsy shop). One day soon I’ll take it on an outdoor painting adventure in all this snow. The last Color Sky painting is also Meredith’s, she just finished it.
Another quick drawing – these are relaxing and fun. Sharpie markers and watercolor paint on paper. I started this with more of the round “where’s waldo” eyes but it looked absurd, so I scribbled them into a downcast glance. Thinking about Hundertwasser gets me thinking about crowns – he has some interesting quotes about being a king, having only to set a crown on his head. I once saw a series of 100 ladder sculptures an artist had done, I saw this at Calvin College when I was in high school. It would be interesting to do a series of crowns.