I had triangles, dots, and combinations of colors derived from many different sets of primaries, so one day I decided to just start painting some triangles that "fit together" in random ways. The one above was painted with Qor watercolors, a new line put out by Golden. They are brighter and feel more playful than some of the other lines. Here is a similar one , but painted with Graham watercolors--much creamier and dreamier!
The one above is another Qor watercolors painting. I enjoyed going back and forth between the Qor and the Graham watercolors for a while because they seemed very different in the "mood" they each created. I know this is fairly technical info but as a beginning watercolorist (very beginning) this sort of thing makes my little watercolor heart spin around and jump into the air.
Painting these doodle things was so much fun! For the first time in years I would wake up in the morning and think: "What am I going to paint today?"
In the one above, I learned how to make a "pinwheel" with the triangles. It was an accident. I thought: "Oh, I wonder what else I could do with that?' Artists learn most of their best stuff from accidental innovations or making the wrong cut or spilling paint on a work in progress. In this instance, I also discovered that I could use "glazing" to place little doodles on the bigger triangles.
See what I mean? The pinwheels were multiplying! I called the next one "Atlas Shrugged." I used Mayan colors from a line of British watercolors called "Turner" after the great English painter.
I am still not sure if I like the black as an accent, but I had great fun drawing on the triangles with a white Signo pen. It felt very whimsical to me. The painting below was done with Mission Gold watercolors which are about 60% pigment. This means that they are probably the most intense, highly pigmented tubes of paint I've come across yet. Their intensity makes them fun to paint with; if you want to make them pastel, you have to dilute them many times with water.
Speaking of "accidents," one day in March I was doodling around on a "blob" I had made in one of my little watercolor journals, and splat! I dropped a lot of undiluted Mission Gold paint in the corner and wrecked it. This is where an assortment of little cards and rubber stamps can prove helpful. I pasted a little card over it from my uber-favorite rubber stamp company, Rubber Moon. Now, here's the neat part--when I picked up the card, I uncovered a stencil of small triangles and thought: "Hmmm, what could I do with this?"
In my next post, I will share how that stencil found a place in my watercolor explorations.