I’ve spent the morning (in between four loads of laundry) lost in the continuation of Iris No. 14 that was begun as a demo in the Watercolor Sculpting Workshop I offered yesterday at Artists League of the Sandhills in Aberdeen, NC.
An additive and subtractive method of creating form. Color is painted in and lifted out, in sections. Sometimes wet-onto-dry, sometimes wet-into-wet. Sometimes following the photo reference, other times heeding the painting’s call to take a different path.
It’s been a much-needed day of shutting out noise and distractions. For me, quiet and solitude give rise to the flow and expansiveness of creativity.
As I stepped away to consider Iris No. 14 from a distance and to begin laundry load no. 5 the thought came to share this with my students from yesterday who I am wishing the same kind of rejuvenating day, especially for the one who was not able to be with us. I believe that was your white lily watercolor I admired and almost used as an example. Funny, what one can hear when it is quiet enough. Peace.
True contemplation always overflows into creation –
it becomes a creative act.
the Artist’s Rule, by Christine Valters Paintner