Friday, June 17th, 2011
This piece reminds me of bubbles rising up through a lemon-lime soda, or perhaps a glass cauldron full of mysterious iridescent goo. The salt has no ink under each pool this time, so it picked up a little of the paint but remained largely clear. The crystals really catch the light like bubbles, as you can see below. The ink spirals were drawn in while the watercolor was still wet, so they blurred into the background, blending the piece into a more harmonic whole.
A lot of my pieces use numbers that are interesting to me – there’s 7 green swirls in this one, for instance, but the salt pools go to eleven.
This is another size I haven’t yet sourced frames for, but I’m on the lookout, since I’ve done a couple of pieces on this larger stock lately. The paper is thin and tends to warp, but it’s a nice smooth, bright white that takes the colors really well.
However you choose to view this piece, it’s definitely got a cheery, bubbly sort of feel to it.
Bubbling, 5.5″x8.5″ salt, pen and ink and watercolor on embossed cardstock, $199 with free shipping.