Process: Sunday Palms!

W14 4 27 WC PALMS 16 Working on mastering this medium enough that
I can move away from realism and make art that moves me.
Today I finally just moved away —
playing with palm trees and deep color and texture.
I experimented with watercolor graphite, and my new paint colors.
Yummy colors, rich deep colors.

There are things I like about them, especially achieving a breakaway from realism.
Not fond of the white accent but played with Pitt pen accenting the watercolors
in the second one.  In the third not even close to good,
but I like the way I moved the watercolor with a ton of water at the end
then added bright dollops of color,  then sopped water blobs up and moved them around.
AND, I learned a lot more today.

W14 4 27 WC PALMS 12 W14 4 27 WC PALMS 15Thanks to the Merri Artist in McMinnville (and online) for helping me find the watercolors I wanted!  What a great store — with people who know how to paint so they can assist!
Mitchell and I played yesterday, good Mexican food in McMinnville (Los Molcajetes) and wandering in the wet GREEN Oregon countryside, dotted with yellows, pinks and purples of mustard, grape hyacinth, and flowering tulip and dogwood trees.

W14 4 16 DRIVE TO ORCA 3_2 copy


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6 Responses to Process: Sunday Palms!

  1. Beautiful results!

    Sent from my iPad



  2. Sammy D. says:

    The yellow in the first one is so bright I need sunglasses. It’s a much more “active” palm painting than others you’ve done (if that makes sense!) i like it but it is quite different.

    The third painting is my favorite even though you thought it “not good”. Eye of beholder ?


    • zenkatwrites says:

      It is why I don’t toss painting and sketches anymore — My brother, husband and now you liked that one best of the three… and I would have tossed it. This is a good example of what I had in my head versus what is there. It will take a long time for what was in my head to leave so I can see it fresh, zen eyes.


      • Sammy D. says:

        Sometimes it’s hard to grasp why we see with different eyes, but this is a clear example, as you say.

        You had an expectation, and you certainly had the journey, whereas we see only “what is.” That’s the reality of perspective, right? How our journey, or lack thereof, affects our present view.

        That was a small enlightenment moment in itself for me!


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