“Coneflowers” 9 x 12 watercolor on paper

Tonight was the meeting of our local art association, and we were privileged to see a demonstration by Fealing Lin, a remarkably gifted watercolorist who came to the US from Taipei as a dentist and reinvented herself as a fine artist. Her style is loose and free but it’s wonderful to see what she does with color. Unlike some watercolorists whose looseness seems mannered and almost formulaic, Fealing’s paintings are spontaneous and each presents a unique solution to a creative problem. She emphasized the importance of saving the lights and really pouring on the color, wet in wet.

I was so inspired by the demo she gave that I came home and painted this quick sketch of coneflowers, trying to get into that spirit of controlled spontaneity. Oh, yeah, and it was after dinner and a glass of cabernet. Hmmm. I think that helped. I will probably mat this and bring it to the show next week, just for the sheer fun of it. The blossoms were in fact growing at Descanso, of course.

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  1. Shirley
    September 8, 2007

    Gorgeous! What a great style – save the whites and pour on the color – wet-in-wet. Seems like something to play with for awhile.

  2. Wendee
    September 8, 2007

    I saw this and thought, “Oh wow!” Gorgeous. Here’s to the cabernet, too! Cheers! :)

  3. Linda
    September 8, 2007

    I love this! Pouring is such a great way to get good color, and you’ve done it really really well here. I can also testify that pouring can be a great way to totally mess up … but oh, it is so worth the risk! This style suits you perfectly!

  4. Annie
    September 8, 2007

    Amazing, Karen! What an effect you got.
    Good luck with the show. Your journey
    is taking you down so many paths.

  5. Jana Bouc
    September 9, 2007

    One of my favorites! Just reading about all your show prep made me tired. I wish you a huge success (and then some rest!)

  6. Ujwala
    September 12, 2007

    Absolutely gorgeous! All the best with the upcoming show.

  7. andrea
    September 13, 2007

    Wow, these are wonderful!

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