Monday, November 26, 2007

New Watercolor Paintings

Finally, I have managed to take some brushes out, splash them in water, and dip them into paint. It feels good. Watercolor is what I typically turn to, when life feels too hectic for anything else. Watercolor is the first kind of painting I ever did, so it's also a homecoming. I have been working on these paintings that are based on the textures and rhythms of grass. Of course, being my work, it is highly abstracted.

I have sold a number of these on my etsy site, so I thought it would be nice to explore the idea further, and try some variations. I am using these wonderful calligraphy brushes from China. I have done some calligraphy, in the past, but I would not consider myself a "calligrapher" by any stretch of the imagination. I just really love painting with these brushes. They hold a lot of water, plus you can make a good variation of strokes, from broad washes to delicate lines. Just like in the movie "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon", when she says lettering is so similar to swordplay. It feels like that, slashing away with this delicate brush across the paper. FUN!!!

I can tell I am tired, because I am having so much trouble typing! So I will wait to post more of the new paintings tomorrow. G'nite.


coloredsock said...

that looks so fun! i love watercolors, especially japanese watercolor paintings. as fun as it looks though, i stay away from them...just too scared! hehe

thanksgiving was nice here--being a vegetarian is much easier (for me). we had sushi and miso. mmm.

ps i hope your mom is doing better.

Abby Creek Art said...

Beautiful brush work, Karine. Glad you had a nice the family portrait! But poor Pono and the cholla thorns...ouch! Maisie sends kissies his way.:)

Karine said...

Thanks for the encouragement, Linda and Jenny. Don't be scared of watercolor, Jenny, it is virtually harmless!!! Promise!

Anke said...

Oh yes, they look like fun! And so light, so refreshing right now, with our grey, foggy, nasty wet cold November weather, makes me long for spring time!!!!!