“Art is made to disturb. Science reassures. There is only one valuable thing in art; the thing you cannot explain.”
– Georges Braque
My watercolor instructor says if the painting shows “everything” and does not leave room for the viewer to “finish” it it’s a boring painting – to say the least – or may be even a bad one. The Braque quote reminded me of that.
Have a great sunny weekend!
“Deep summer is when laziness finds respectability.”
“Deep Summer” | Watercolor | 09/2011
Some time ago I visited the Leopold Museum. They have the largest collection of Egon Schiele paintings. They also show some paintings of Gustav Klimt.
These two small sketches (11.5″x 6″) are inspired by the work of these masters. They are part of my experimenting with posture and color.
“Woman Standing” | pencil | 09/2011
“Woman Standing” | watercolor and pencil | 09/2011
This is a copy of a painting by Charles Reid. I did it for the purpose of studying his watercolor technique.
Nude Study | watercolor | 10/2011
Here is what I produced yesterday during the first day of Bev’s workshop. I tried to loosen up and paint a little more fearless. (I usually am very hesitant and think about every single brush stroke.) Bev’s bold, fast and fearless approach to watercolor painting encouraged me to try the same. Of course she has 20 years of experience and I only about three months but you have to dare otherwise one doesn’t learn anything. So, dare to mess up. There is no wrong or right, really.
My painting did not turn out as I had imaging it when I started but I am happy with the result. Another lesson learned – go with the flow (with watercolor that sometimes means literally) and accept the outcome.
“Jakob’s World” | Watercolor | 09/2011