I’m continuing with the small watercolor studies from the model a couple of evenings a month. I think of it as visual calisthenics; a workout my hand and eyes.
Just recently they are beginning to look promising. There seems to be a fine line to walk between close observation and impulsive responses, somewhat like gesture drawing. This mix, when it happens, can make some engaging interaction between crude washes of color and a very present sense of a particular person. I can recognize when this happens, but can in NO plan for it!
I attempt to be somewhat arbitrary and impulsive with color…I’ll begin one with blue washes, and then perhaps the next one with another…red/violet? yellow orange? I also attempt to make some consistency between colors in the light and colors in the shadows…warm to cool, vice-versa, or perhaps something off the wall…yellow green to red orange…etc.
But…it’s been disappointing see, at the end of a session, a certain sameness to the color range from one to another. I want to push the idea of arbitrary and inconsistent color, so I have to push this with more intentionality…commitment from the git go.
I’m thinking of including some of these in my show in November….