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State of the Art for Week 8

Yes, I missed a few weeks in there, c’est la vie.  I was in an art funk for a while and just needed to take a break, but this weekend has been really productive, I think.  In addition to getting my donation for the Art for the Paws fundraiser, I’ve been doing work behind the scenes on the website and today, while the husband and his friends were watching the Daytona 500, I was at the drawing table working.

First item – finishing a WIP I’d started as part of the January 30-in-30 painting challenge.  I’d done a bit of work on it earlier this month but decided to finish things up today.  Here’s an in-progress pic from when I turned the piece on its side and saw a gate into… something.  Which prompted me to start building a wall around the opening, but it had to be broken down and worn away.  I don’t know why, but that’s what I saw.  Today saw the addition of more wall building and greenery, plus the moon shining down.  Oh, and the iridescent paint isn’t as obvious as it seems in the photo.  Strong light plus angled paper equals extra shiny bits.

Beyond the Gate (WIP) | Watercolor on paper | 9" x 7.5"
Beyond the Gate (WIP) | Watercolor on paper | 9″ x 7.5″

“Beyond the Gate”
Watercolor on paper, 9″ x 7.5″

Beyond the Gate | Watercolor on paper | 9" x 7.5"
Beyond the Gate | Watercolor on paper | 9″ x 7.5″

Since watercolor needs time to dry, I also had two other pieces I was working on at the same time.  One was a practice piece to try out a technique that Stephanie Pui-Mun Law uses in her art, which I adore!  So I tried this with a basic tree shape and.. I dunno.  I’ll have to work with the resulting tree and see how it looks once I add color and more details (if I can think of any).  The other is a larger abstract that I’ll add lines and other marks to once it’s completely dry.  I haven’t decided if I’ll use white or black for the lines though.  I’m just glad I seem to be over my art funk and back to making pretty things again.

Practice Piece
Practice Piece
Paths of Light (WIP) | Watercolor (and white ink) on paper | 9" x 12"
Paths of Light (WIP) | Watercolor (and white ink) on paper | 9″ x 12″

 

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