Happy New Year!

We continue to stay home under Southern California’s stay at home order. I miss getting out to paint but am staying busy doing small intuitive sketches in my notebook.

This one is modeled on the work of Stan Kurth. Oversimplifying his process, he starts by placing random ink marks and watercolor areas on a page, without paying much attention to the transient marks he makes as he goes. Then, with gouache, he covers up most of the marks he already made until some interesting shapes emerge. I love the gradation that he gets in his gouache areas, and the mystery in his paintings.

I began this one with lots of ovals, straight lines, and yellow watercolor and then covered up most of the line work with the gouache. These two characters appeared at some point and I kind of like them.

My hope is that these exercises will make my brushwork more interesting when I do get back out in the field.

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9 Responses to Companions

  1. tprevey says:

    Interesting. It makes me wonder what is happening.

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  2. Beverly Barrett says:

    Miss you guys. It is interesting following your creative development. I never knew there was so much in developing the picture. This is probably why my stick figures look nothing like your art!! Thks for sharing.

    Sent from my iPhone


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  3. She says:

    Oh Sarah – I LOVE THIS!!!
    Beautiful, whimsical and INTERESTING! Line work, color palette, dominantly opaque against transparent, interesting shapes, mystery, and it “feels good.” Woo Hoo! Super successful piece!

    Liked by 1 person

  4. equinoxio21 says:

    Happy 2021 Sarah. May we all be vaccinated ASAP so we can get on with our lives. Cabin fever is hitting me from time to time. Stay safe and best wishes.

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