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On the Breakwater – Daily Painting

January 30th, 2007

Breakwater – Approx 10.5″ x 5.5″ – Watercolor on paper

Sometimes, instead of drawing something from life or a photo, I just like to start painting and see what emerges. This little sketch began with some large juicy strokes of dark colors, applied with a large flat brush. I leaned back and it looked like rocks to me, and some manipulation with a credit card revealed sharp breaks and flat edges. To that I added some water and a sky to make an imaginary scene along a breakwater. This little exercise was a lot of fun to do – no need for underdrawing or attention to specific details – just paint!

10 Comments »

  1. Nice little exercise. Excellent job on the flat planes of the rocks. Use of white where water crashes beneath rocks is very nice.

    Comment by Terry Banderas — January 30, 2007 @ 6:52 am
  2. Oh wonderful. The freedom of it all is evident, very expressive. Great bold, *juicy* color, indeed! Yum!

    Comment by Wendee — January 30, 2007 @ 9:34 am
  3. Now that is freedom from trying to stay close to a scene in front of you. Nice shapes and hey, what id you do with your credit card? Cover it with paint?
    w.

    Comment by Wendy — January 30, 2007 @ 5:28 pm
  4. wow I love the energy in this, it’s wonderfully solid yet active. Great splashes of colour!

    Comment by Mariana — January 30, 2007 @ 5:36 pm
  5. What fun to be so free–”Just paint”…following that true and basic longing in us that makes us paint.

    Comment by Annie — January 30, 2007 @ 7:39 pm
  6. Thanks, all. Wendy, The credit card is used to scrape out light areas from the dark rocks. You just have to do it by “feel” – almost like sculpting. Although there are some times I use the edge of a credit card coated in paint to “print” lines with.

    Comment by Karen — January 30, 2007 @ 8:02 pm
  7. Amazing, Karen. When the page opened I saw immediately the rocks, the shapes, the volume, the intensity of all those things. Magnific. Great work!

    Comment by hfm — January 31, 2007 @ 2:54 am
  8. Wow! It’s full of energy. Great.

    Comment by Renate — January 31, 2007 @ 3:48 pm
  9. It came out beautifully – I love the lone figure which really gives it drama.

    Comment by Casey — February 1, 2007 @ 1:18 am
  10. It looks fantastic – I love the water spray effect….you can hear the noise!

    Comment by Anastasia — February 1, 2007 @ 4:44 pm

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