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Sunday, November 4, 2012

Urban Darkness

This is another experience with the printmaking paper..it works very well with this type of painting - small and controlled. I wonder how it will act with washes - guess I'll have to find out! I call this one "Urban Darkness" ...I guess because of all the attention on New York City following "Sandy!"


I first did an abstract drawing of a city skyline using curvalinear and geometric shapes. I did a wet-in-wet wash over my drawing and then did glazes over the wash, adding, linear detail at the end with watercolor pencil. I am fascinated right now with combinations of round and rectangular shapes. I am enjoying my experiences with this new paper (Rives BFK) and how it reacts with watercolor instead of printing. I love experimenting with media - guess it's the art teacher in me.

4 comments:

CrimsonLeaves said...

This is going to sound weird but I see the Grinch's face in this piece too. I love the skyline in there. Love hearing about your experiments with paper.

Peggy Stermer-Cox said...

Hi Barb, These two pieces are WONDERFUL (I'm including the one from November 1st)! They remind me of Cubist watercolor paintings, maybe some of Charles Demuth. I think your choices of color and tone work. I have some Rives BFK, I'll have to find it and try it some day!

Barb Sailor said...

Hi Sherry - I haven't seen the Grinch's face, and will look more carefully now!!! This is sort of a compillation of my experiences with city skylines - I was raised in Cleveland, so there is some of that in here too - also the bridges!

Barb Sailor said...

Thanks, Peggy...what an honor to have such a nice comment from you. I have always liked Demuth's work and Feininger's watercolors and of course, Picasso's cubism - I think they all rubbed off on me. I am working a a couple more - until I get it out of my system.