Over the last few weeks I've been playing around with painting watercolour on a canvas; not the best mix of medium and 'ground'! If you have tried painting on canvas before with watercolour paint you will know what I mean - there is a reason why paper is the choice ground for watercolour paint. And yet, I was curious to try out the canvas option anyways. I have a pile of blank canvases in my studio, all of which have been sitting silently for well over a year now. I figured it was time to paint on canvas again, and yet I'm still so interested in watercolour paint. I just let the paint drip as it wanted to. For part of the painting I laid the canvas flat, near the end I put it upright. I also tried a newer 'watercolour markers' that Winsor and Newton have put out (in raw umber). All in all it was a fun experiment - another chance to expand my artistic experience.
Here are two little watercolour paintings I did on wood a month ago. This was my first time painting on wood. I found it an interesting change - how the paint was absorbed into the wood. Also, the paint tended to run into the surrounding grain.
This weekend I experimented with making my own 'watercolour' paint using nothing but flower petals/leaves which I found around my yard... and water. My daughter and I collected various flowers/leaves - such as dandelions, pansies, geraniums. We ripped them up with our fingers, and then them them steep in some hot tap water all morning under the sun. After a few hours, the water had mostly evaporated leaving behind a lovely natural tinted sort of paint. I had fun later painting with this all organic natural paint. It certainly behaves differently than the typical store-bought paint.
Yesterday I joined the Grade One class again for a simple art lesson utilizing drawing skills, and watercolour painting skills. I drew a simple bunny based on the idea from http://www.thebeeskneescousin.com/blog/watercolor-value-study-for-spring. I had the children draw a bunny based on this idea; then I had them draw with white crayon wherever they wanted white to show on their picture.
Next the kids all used watercolour paint to paint their bunny. I gave them the choice of what colours to use. They had fun experimenting with mixing colours.
I love how different each painting turned out! I love them all so much, I wanted to share images of all of them with you:
For the last couple months I have been experimenting with ink and watercolour. Truthfully, at first, part of me just wanted to sit by the warm fire (during the middle of the unexpected November snowstorm). Oil painting restricts to the studio. So I literally thought, 'What can I work on in the house, by the warm fire?'. I love drawing, and I do love portraiture. So I remembered the picture I took of my Oma and Opa, 2 years ago. I have been wanting to use this picture for something. So I began to draw it. And then I outlined it in ink. And then I painted it with watercolour. I enjoyed it so much, I kept finding other photo's to capture in this similar style. It borders on illustration I suppose. I am working on some more for Christmas presents which I will post at a later date.
I live in Southern Ontario on a farm with my husband, Dennis, and our two daughters. Painting out of my studio on our farm allows me to stay close to my family and to be surrounded by the natural landscape that continues to influence my work.