This morning we are experiencing rain – a rare event in Southern California. Strange as it may sound, it made me think about painting something without lines, wetting the paper first, and working wet-in-wet, just to see what would happen. As a kid, I lived in upstate New York, out where pine woods and lakes were more common than people. I miss that solitude – walking in a snowy woods, flakes falling, listening to the silence, all alone in a cold, lonely, and intensely beautiful environment.
Yesterday morning I met up with a friend, to chat, drink coffee, and sketch in the local botanical gardens. The day was warm and sunny, and before you knew it, 2.5 hours had passed. She did some wonderful pictures of cacti and tree branches, using only colors from a very tiny paint box! Me, I need pen and ink to feel confident enough – I am still trying to make watercolors look like watercolors, instead of ink with colors. I do like the ink-and-color thing, but I know I want to master solid colors. So, after inking on site, I went home and filled in some colors, and more ink, and more colors, until I hope I got what looks like dappled light on rocks and cacti beneath some pines.
Being curious as to whether or not there is decent light / dark, I thought I would convert it to black and white to see. Results are below. I may go in and paint the bushes behind the rocks a bit darker in the center an to the right.