Thursday, May 17, 2012

Experimental Series


"Poppies on the Fault Line II"
8" x 10" Watermedia

For my third entry into the SCVWS juried show, I chose to paint a second "Poppies on the Fault Line". The first is here and sold at my Silicon Valley Open Studios in 2010. I found when I took the Mike Bailey "Watercolor Beyond the Obvious" ten-week class and did 20 full-sheet paintings that were based on the same subject matter that I definitely have a geometric gene. A Betsy Dillard Stroud workshop I coordinated firmed up some of the fun I can have exploiting that trait. She loves complex surfaces and stamping. The idea here is everywhere that I applied a geometric shape, I changed value or color on the painting, giving the old subject a new twist.

I made a poppy stamp with some extra patterns on it and this is the first time I've used it. See the poppy in the upper right and the patterns on the left. I realized I could paint watercolor on just the part of the stamp I wanted to use, wash it off,  and reuse. Theey were done with watercolor, but the ones of the left were slightly modified with liquid white gesso, hence the watermedia term.


7 comments:

Barbra Joan said...

I really like this Mary, I could also see it in a very large format. I suppose I always have that Georgia O'Keefe thing in my right brain. !

Christiane Kingsley said...

Great composition and ideas! I really like this, Mary!

CrimsonLeaves said...

Definitely a neat twist, Mary. A lovely piece and I hope you get juried into the show!

hw (hallie) farber said...

Mary, it's fun to trace your geometric lines through these poppies. I really like this.

hmuxo said...

Beautiful piece, Mary!!!

Jerry said...

Mary, you always have such an impeccable sense of design. I recommend anyone reading this to do what I did and click on the image to see close-up the combination of colours, form and freedom - wonderful!

Mary Paquet said...

Thanks to all my friends for their kind comments. I am in Quebec City and hope to do some Room with a View paintings.