Monday, March 3, 2014

C4ward March Blogathon Day 3: My favorite work - Red Flight

Red Flight, gouache on board, by Karen Phillips
I am most proud of this piece of art. I started experimenting with gouache on paper and was having a lot of fun. I wanted to take the experiment further by adding texture to see what would happen. I like to ask myself "what if" questions a lot.

I took a piece of lauan board and smeared it with gesso and light molding paste. I learned very quickly that it was quite different painting with gouache on a hard surface (after all I'm an acrylic gal), one has to use a delicate touch in order to obliterate what was done before.

I also learned that I could actually work slower and over a longer period of time. I worked on this painting off and on over two months in 2012. Guess what? Now that I'm looking at it again, I see some areas that could use some additional work. Well, it's back to my easel...

10 comments:

  1. Love the spontaneity of water colors, I find it so fascinating to play with. Thank for sharing Karen!

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    1. It was a lot of fun playing with these paints. Thanks for your comment Diana.

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  2. I love the core of vibrant color spilling over and dipping into a cradle of blue.

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    1. Yes, Lee. It's pure unadulterated joy!

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  4. Love your "what if questions"! You inspire me by the way you practice your art and your love of experimentation and beauty.

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    1. Thank you Ruth! Thanks for all of your encouragement. And thanks for having this Blogathon challenge, I'm inspired by the posts that are being submitted. What a wonderful community you're creating.

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