Process: Watercolors, Mountains and Laguna Beach

I started with an iconic view of my hometown, Laguna Beach, from the cliffs to the north.  I really went for saturation this time, trying to move lots of color onto a piece.  Not what I saw in my mind’s eye, but I am satisfied.  Primatek colors were used: Lapis, Kyanite, Black Tourmaline, Sleeping Beauty Turquoise, Montana Pipestone, and Hematite.  Gads I even love the way the names roll off my tongue — but I love the colors more.  They separate and granulate.  Lovely.

Being satisfied, for me, is when the piece either is what I saw in my mind’s eye, or is a happier accident.  As I am learning watercolors in my fifties, I am also happy when it kinda looks like what I wanted — I have to lower the bar to resembling, not blotchy, etc.!

I played with two more wet pieces before I put my paints to bed for the night.  I love them both; I finally achieved the dark color I miss in acrylics!

W14 5 12 HILLS copy

Lapis makes that grainy sky! Black tourmaline is in the mountain top.


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hollywood baby turned beach gurl turned steel&glass city gurl turned cowgurl turned herb gurl turned green city gurl. . . artist writer photographer. . . cat lover but misses our big dogs, gone to heaven. . . buddhist and interested in the study of spiritual traditions. . . foodie, organic, lover of all things mik, partner in conservation business mpfconservation, consummate blogger, making a dream happen, insomniac who is either reading buddhist teachings or not-so-bloody mysteries or autobio journal thangs early in the morning when i can't sleep
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3 Responses to Process: Watercolors, Mountains and Laguna Beach

  1. Sammy D. says:

    I wish I could see you in action. I haven’t seen one yet that doesn’t elicit an “ooh I like that!” The beach & palm tree one is gorgeous, and the hills look exactly like my photos of “California dreaming”.


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