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.