Wednesday, August 22, 2007

Night of Watercolor

Three Lemons, 2007, watercolor on paper, 7 x 9 inches
What to do when you're away from your studio and your paint box is somewhere in the middle of nowhere in Queens and you're in Manhattan for a week? You have to make the best of it with what you got. And what I got is a watercolor box that I haven't used in a while. Seems like it's been almost a year since I've done anything with it. But the change is refreshing. Trying to control color and small puddles of loose water was a scary thing but in the end all I wanted was to have fun.
Yellow Onion, 2007, watercolor on paper, 8 x 7 inches
After the fun was over, I had to up my game and try a more serious approach. Watercolor is a completely different ball game for an oil painter like myself. I was not feeling too optimistic when I started the second piece. I knew for sure that my desire to make a good painting would mess things up for me. But I don't give up once I start working. I have to make it go my way and after layering so many puddles of color I got to where I wanted. This was a fun experience, one that I will try to keep doing more often, but I will never give up my oil paints!


O. Douglas said...

What delightful paintings. You really made wonderful art from potentially adverse circumstances. I love when that happens. The shadowing is exquisite with it's pooling of color.

Thanks for posting these serendipitous treats.

Luis Colan said...

Thank you so much douglas. I am very excited about these watercolor paintings, I'm starting to get more interested in this medium after these two pieces.