Saturday, January 5, 2008

Watercolor Painting - Sticks & Stones I


Sticks & Stones I - watercolor on 7x10" Arches block.
Well, I'm just a paintin' fool these days...or maybe just...well, never mind...at least I'm painting!

I'm happy. And my son got a new TV today, his old one for his Xbox died...so he's happy. It's all just happiness and sunshine around here...lots of chocolate left over from festivities...Oh will the joy never end!

I have been thinking a lot lately about what it is exactly that I want to paint, that I like to paint. I have looked at all sorts of paintings, photographs, movies...thinking thinking. I appreciate and enjoy so many styles of painting, and so many different subjects...still life, landscape, seascape, portraits...so many things!

What I have finally realized is that just because I like something, doesn't mean I want to paint it. I love pictures of old buildings, stone things, wood things, flowers, leaves...but I don't have an interest at the moment in painting these things. What I want to paint is a super zoomed in small part of the picture...one flower, one leaf, part of the tree...just a part of the whole...make it big, and make it mine. What a relief!

So now that I've figured out that deceptively simple riddle, I am free to continue on experimenting with this wild and wet watercolor journey. Life is good.

3 comments:

Nava said...

Hi - got to your blog through Myrna's. You've got an eye for the small things that many others tend to overlook. I like your style!!

Tracy Wandling said...

Thank you nava - I was cruising through your site last night. Wonderful stuff...love your writing too! Thanks for stopping by!

Joan said...

Tracy - The best thing to do is paint what calls out to you! I love your close-up paintings of things. Keep it up!