A Colorful approach

I'm trying out a new-to-me palette of colors. It's a secondary palette, and the 6 main colors mix to create pure secondaries, unlike the primary palette, which creates a more subdued set of combinations. Here's a look at the latest color wheel and the first painting using the new palette. The neutral colors are most certainly the challenge here, I'll need to improve my control of the pigments, but I'm looking forward to the dance! wpid2667-DSC_9974.jpg   watercolor on 100% cotton paper   watercolor on 100% cotton paper

Mustangs and Dreams

Sometimes making art isn't difficult. The painting arrives unbidden, and quietly places itself upon the canvas. Oh sure, there's the little nit-bits that require tweaking and twiddling, but for the most part, the portrait sings itself into being. This painting was like that. It started as an abstracted landscape. Didn't like that, so what kind of living creature might I find here? And there he is. I've titled this Mustang Dreams, because I think they do dream. They dream of no mountain lions, no freezing rain and snow, and they dream of fresh, sweet hay. Mustang Dreams 20x24 acrylic on canvas; $400 You may also purchase reproductions here: http://www.etsy.com/shop/KittieRueHandmade

Frozen Desserts and Ice Crystal Paintings

I've been waiting a couple weeks for a below-freezing temperature, but down here in the deep south that only happens around 10:30 or 11 at night, a time when most "normal" people are asleep. Ever since I read an article on Kathleen Conover's ice crystal paintings, I've been grabbing every available freezing night to see what I can get. Tonight is the second night of freezing temps with dry conditions. Kathleen lives up in the sub-zero northland, so she gets to freeze her nose and fingers in the daylight, while I'm freezing my appendages with a headlamp on. But, I'm so stoked! I can't wait to see what happens overnight.  Watercolor isn't known for being a team player, but this level of letting go just takes painting with watercolor to a whole new level. Here's a few shots just before I couldn't take it and had to come indoors.  It was so interesting to see the 100% organic shapes in just an average pouring on of paint. Nature is so, well, natural!  No hard angles here, the patterns all look to me like leaves, like ferns at the end of the season when the rain has come down and then they've turned cold and started to go to sleep for the winter. watercolor on 100% cotton paper watercolor on 100% cotton paper

Neighbors, a landscape; Complete!

As you can see, I rediscovered my negative spaces, while keeping the visual path I so liked from the front of the painting back to the 2 house forms nestled in the hills. I try never to introduce a random color when a painting is nearing completion, and like a dieter with a fresh from the oven cookie, the temptation is almost irresistable! I actually had the most yummy color whipped up, on the brush and almost, almost on the linen when my brain finally overrode my body and pulled my hand back.  Whew!!  Close one. After a rinse and a wipe, I again paused for a moment of contemplation, and found the perfect blue to use. It's used throughout the painting and provides a restful yet interesting component to the painting.  I quite like the results, and I hope you do, too! This painting will be hanging at Studio 4 in The Carter Building for First Friday, and will then move to Harris Warren Gallery in Wake Forest for the Tour of Artists, 14 - 16 September, 2012. Neighbors This is another in an on-going series of paintings that are an expression of the emotional ties that bind the artist to her only living relative. 18x14 oil on linen on panel; $395 Interested parties may contact me here: Kittie@KittiesArt.com