Watercolour… abstracting the landscape with intense colour

I have been so enjoying my landscape abstractions that I based last night’s watercolour class on this. It is hard to believe we have the same starting point when we do a common activity, using the same stimulus image. This is because I encourage the use of that image only as a “getting started” thing. Once the watercolour starts to be applied participants are told to go with the flow but think about balance, lost and found edges and timing of each stroke. So many things make a difference with watercolour. All these paintings are fresh, not overworked and we were all happy with the strength of the paintings using intense watercolour for impact. This exaggeration of colour adds to the sense of abstraction rather than an appearance close to realism.DSCF4623



watercolour landscape abstraction

Dance of life theme: watercolour painting

This year the theme for the Material Girl statewide selected work exhibition is Dance of life. I have been playing with an idea and have completed two watercolours on this. Now to see if my entry makes it through the selection process. I am posting images of both works
My artist statement which is rather personal:
Little bottles of insulin have maintained my life….. enabled the journey. But as my legs no longer dance, I dance with the brush, I dance with paint. My life dance is full of colour from the palette and within.
Materials used…. soft white Langton (Daler Rowney) watercolour paper, 300gsm, rough. Soft Chinese goat hair and squirrel teardrop brushes which “dance” well. intense watercolours.antonysen_evelyn_I am alive 2