3.19.2013

Textures In Watercolor


I like using textures in my watercolors and am a great admirer of Ann Blockley's watercolors and her innovative use of textures. She incorporates acrylics, inks and sometimes paints with sticks rather than brushes to achieve her goal - all with very effective results. These teasels grow on the mountains around Marin and make an interesting subject for using textures. For the teasels I used sepia ink and scratched into them to create the spikiness. Remembering that one should paint dark against light I used a watered down burnt sienna and cobalt blue for the background.  The painting below was done with acrylics and I was really just doodling as an exercise to loosen up, but liked the result so decided to post it. I thought it ended up resembling an abstract leaf design.


13 comments:

  1. Nice work Jean! I have to admit, the abstract really speaks to me! I've been playing in abstract, but mostly as a backdrop to my subject matter...but it is a fascinating study!!

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    1. Thanks Saundra. I admire the way you combine your paintings with paper for a very unusual effect.

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  2. Hi Jean, the first one is a superb watercolor, the colors and the texture you achieved are really beautiful. I like also your wonderful abstract leaf, abstracts are one of my preferred subjects even if I painted them rarely, to do it I must be in a particular period of inspiration. Ciao!!

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    1. Hi Tito. I also like doing abstracts but have to be in the mood and sometimes they happen by accident, like this one.

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  3. the teazles are wild and vigorous ... beautiful colour combinations and marks on the exercise below

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    1. Thanks Jane. I notice you spell it with a "z". The locals in Marin spell it with an "s" but I do believe it is the same plant because it is considered an invasive species from Europe.

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  4. I like the teasels painting very much! The texture makes it look so alive without being too detailed. And the abstract turned out very interesting.

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  5. These are lovely, Jean!

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  6. Jean, the combination of the background water color look and the impassto look on the details make it very unique, loved the abstract leaf design as well.
    For some reason, I havent got update on this post on my feeder, I have also looked at the watercolorist website only today, they all look so beautiful together!

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  7. Ciao,
    I agree with you, textures gives often life and mouvement to the pictures!
    I like very much both works for the colours and ...vitalità!
    Nel secondo io ci vedo il profilo di un aquilotto e mi piace tanto!
    Ciao. ciao, Floriana

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  8. Lovely to see your play with organic shapes, and how they become almost abstract. Thank you, Jean, for your lovely message on my blog. Hugs, Marie

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  9. Jean, you achieved wonderful results. Both pieces are wonderful and I am amazed at what you did with doodling. Lovely.

    On your previous post, you are right, in my opinion, that the cropped piece is more effective.

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  10. Both the pieces are fabulous. Love the way doodling produces results at times.

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