Friday, April 24, 2009

Cropped, chopped and mixed up

PARISMAMUSE- on my way home
Miss Doodle - "ten little..."

This is a watercolour painting, an experiment, wet in wet on 56 x 76 cm (20.5 x 28.3 in) paper.
I draw the poppies with a fine ink pen on the paper, put the paper under water, waited a few minutes and put the colour on, just let the color flow.

This picture is taken in weak light, so the colors here are not as bright as on the original.

I think that the fine graphics, i.e. the fine ink lines are disturbing me most in this big painting. They make no sense. Next time, if I want graphics like that, I'll experiment with black ink and a brush, that will make sense.

Let's call this a happy accident.

So. I decide to chop this up.
In little pieces, ATC-sized. Hereunder you can see all the pieces (40 little cards).
In the very first set you can see the three cards I used to make the "magnified" paintings of my previous post, where I decided to enhance the black lines, so that they pleasently agree and support the whole composition...
Of course, the watercolour reacts differently and imposes it's own rules, patterns, rythm, so that the outcome of the magnified peace is, again, something entirely else. Something new.

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Clevelandgirlie said...

I love what you did here with this Andrea. The painting as a whole is wonderful - however, I do agree with you that darker lines would have impacted it more (particularly before you cut it up.) However in the smaller pieces, the fine lines are quite nice. Try this same piece using bolder lines and compare?

Kim said...

Andrea, this process is really wonderful. In this idea of cutting up the painting you were not happy about, then you not only created the cards which are treasures in themselves, but you have found some stupendous abstracts! I loved the paintings you did from the smaller ones, and I am really loving the images I see here...they appear so different and seem to come from different sources, too. How wonderful is that?

I think these require the 'corner of shame's' name to be changed to the 'wall of happiness'!

You are amazing!

Have a Great and Creative Weekend!

Jessie Lilac said...

I really like the lines and maybe they might work better if they were more fluid, but I think these liitle paintings look beautiful.x

Genie said...

Works lovely as ATC,s Andrea,
Have a wonderful weekend

Artist Unplugged said...

Amazing colors...see what you mean. The small pieces look really good with the fine black lines.

Lynn said...

I like your experiement and the outcomes. Are the ATCs for trade?

soulbrush said...

we learnt to do this in our art class. to chop up a piece we felt uncertain about, these results are totally amazing, love 'em.

martine said...

You did great on these and your colors are beautiful.

Cris, Artist in Oregon said...

How fun. I am about to try some ATC's. Everyone comes up with something unique to them like yours. Very pretty colors. I think darker lines would be good too.

soulbrush said...

there's an award for you on my blog today. btw would you like to swap some atc cards with me?

Peter J. Crowley said...

I will chime in with a similar comment. I like the process of discovery and interpretation. Perhaps they should be shown together? My favorite is the last one but it is a hard choice as I love to look closely at flowers.
enjoy pjc

~Babs said...

"Something entirely else,something new".
Love that!

Not a one of these is less than the other.Just like they are.
I think the thin black lines are just enough.(also the little bitty dots in some,add great areas of interest)
Many of these have a Georgia O'Keefe feel.

Lynn said...

Andrea, I have an award for you on my blog today, do come by when you can to retrieve it. (Sunday)

flo said...

que j'aime cette série d'aquarelles, si j'ai compris, ce sont de petits formats, et pourtant elles ont une dimension de grandes peintures