My painting II class has resumed in the new year and our first lesson is a loose abstract play on translucency vs. opacity. Here is a little write-up I did on the project:
Where I find playing with loose shapes and a ton of water free and fun, a lot of my students panick at the idea. Too funny. I think the idea of having no control freaks us adults out, but very quickly it is a reminder that you can adjust and work with whatever comes your way.
Gosh, sometimes art is such a great metaphor for life isn’t it? lol
So we got going. In essence – “playing”. Allowing the watercolor paint to flow where it wanted… and seeing what we could find to “pull out” of the painting.
I started to hear comments about how it truly is easier to draw the negative space or contour of an image. The focus is on the space between objects as opposed to the objects themselves. You use a different part of your brain which I’d imagine is the special part of the brain. It feels different and is a great way to exercise that part which we don’t always use.
It was great to see how very different everyone’s artwork turned out. Isn’t that another great thing about art? You can all begin in the same place, but wind up in vastly different places.
It was a successful class. I could see I had challenged some people and took them out of their comfort zone.
We also discussed changing the opaque color. What if it was white, taupe or green? The different look you would get. Also, you could loosely paint with watercolor and after it dried, do another coat of watercolor as opposed to changing to acrylic. The project is a great stepping stone into experimenting with mediums. How about gouache?
So if in these winter months you are looking for something to do, try it. And send me a photo of what you come up with!