Posts Tagged ‘blue’
Friday, February 6th, 2015
Another painting in my Aglow series, this one hearkening back to Carl Sagan again.
The space is black and blue and violet, lit with the big glow of some celestial body and scattered with the smaller glow of stars, or possibly stardust. The firefly-dots are in interference blue, so they catch the light to twinkle and shimmer.
There are hidden stars in the white, too, which shine only at the right angle.
We are all amazing.
We are all worthwhile.
We are all stardust.
Stardust, 8″x8″ pen & ink, watercolor, and interference watercolor on Fluid watercolor paper.
Above, you can see the quote and just a hint of the sneaky extra stars hanging out in the white paper. Below, the painting is in a frame, stars glowing in the sunlight.
Monday, February 2nd, 2015
Although it’s not named in series, this painting is definitely a relative of my previous Splash watercolors.
I asked my list whether this painting ought to be waves or a beach, and the overwhelming vote was for waves.
There’s a splash and sploosh, the blue on top of the endless deep aqua, the white above it all like foam. There’s also just a hint of shine hiding here and there that only shows up when the sun hits it just right.
If you want the warm memory of the ocean there on your desk or your wall, this is the perfect painting for you.
Ocean Waves, 8″x8″ watercolor and interference watercolor on Fluid watercolor paper.
Above, you can see the waters looking darker with the shine of interference blue peeking out in subtle brightness. Below, the painting is in a frame in the sun, just waiting to go to its new home.
Friday, December 5th, 2014
This piece was inspired by an Instagram photo I took of a puddle in the rain, hiding under a ledge so my phone wouldn’t get wet. I couldn’t ever get the whole puddle to show all the concentric rings coming off the drops, because the angle of the light washed everything out so you only saw the rings in a little slice from an angle.
So I created this dusky, desaturated blue “puddle” that has surprising rings around the “droplets” when you tilt it into the sun (which washes the whole thing even bluer). The interference blue is basically invisible until light catches it, and then this beautiful pattern of overlapping waves appears.
Puddle, 8″x8″ watercolor and interference watercolor on Fluid watercolor paper.
Above, you can see the sunlight has washed this photo bright blue, but also brought out the nearly-invisible rings around each ‘droplet.’ I handed this painting to a friend and he said it was, “like being handed an actual puddle.” Below, you can see it tucked into a frame, a bit of puddle-wonderful that will never dry up.
Saturday, September 6th, 2014
This piece is a sequel of sorts to Winter, but it’s black instead of white, iridescent and shiny instead of softly matte, complexly layered instead of simple. This painting holds the layered mystery of the midnight hour, velvety darkness cradling the shining blues, reminding us that there’s always another layer, another path, another point of view.
Midnight, 5″x7″ iridescent, interference, and traditional watercolor on Arches cover black paper.
Above, you can see the shine of blue partially obscured by the black that runs over and through it, but can’t completely obscure the bright metallics. Below, you can see the piece in a frame, sun lighting up the highlights and shadows drawing you into the depths.
Wednesday, September 3rd, 2014
The snowy white paper melts into a beautifully subtle array of blues, like a glacier giving way to summer, sending water and debris out to join the ocean. I really love the way the two different paints reacted to one another, giving a broad range of color and texture in the simple shapes.
Glacial Melt, 5″x5″ watercolor on watercolor paper.
Above, you can see the texture of the paper like snowdrifts with the barest blue shadows in the hollows like sunlight on snow. Below, you can see the painting in a frame, bringing a breath of coolness to the end-of-summer heat.
Tuesday, August 5th, 2014
I spend way too much time explaining how much better my artwork looks in real life, but it’s always true. This piece has much richer jewel tones of purple, teal, and green that have all sort of washed out into a vague blueness when converted to rgb.
There’s rich layers of color, with some of the boundaries outlined and some erased, and some only vaguely visible. It makes me think of a map of some strange world that has evolved along with the history of the place, borders drawing and redrawing themselves as alien politics shift and change.
Uncertain Boundaries, 6″x4″ pen & ink and watercolor on Fluid watercolor paper.
Above, you can see one of the places where new color obliterates the old, and the boundary lines stutter and fade. Below, you can see this small piece in a frame, small enough to add its bright color to any number of surprising spaces.
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