And Now For Something Completely Different
At Monday evening’s class at SVA, aquarelle instructor M. Ponsot set up a very charming setup evoking a traditionally-patterned breakfast scene straight from Paris. I found myself working on a half-sheet of Arches, and challenged myself to work more abstractly and use some of the influences I’ve been looking at from recent museum trips. O’Keeffe, Sheeler, Matisse, Magritte, Thiebaud—line, shape, color, composition—have all been knocking around in my mind. The fine, contemporary watercolor artist Jim McMullan has a color outline technique that I’ve been wanting to try, and did with this piece.
Here are the steps of the painting…it was fun to develop this work over a four-day period. Can’t hide behind leaves and trees with this sort of painting!