Thursday, September 12, 2013

Letting the Cat Out of the Bag

Ok. This is an addiction that I have. I fully admit it. I love painting on this paper. And not just any kind of way. Oh no, this is a full-on, let-it flow kind of thing. No preplanning involved. It's about making a mark followed by another and following whatever my inner impulse (voice) says to do.

I've got lots of these sitting in a portfolio. I used gouache (think of it as opaque watercolor) on many of them. Often I do two and three at a time. While there are times when I use this a warm up exercise, the majority were done because I just love painting on this paper. 
The paper is very absorbent and not very forgiving. If I use a lot of water, I have to be careful not to scrub too hard with my brush because it will disintegrate.

More to kitty, kitty!


  1. Oh my gosh karen, these are so beautiful...Thanks for sharing...

  2. What a nice surprise to see these images Karen! Since I'm familiar with much of your work, I can say it is a delight to see these that you have kept tucked away in your portfolio. Promise to show more. These spontaneous images wow me!