Caroline Henry Art Blog
Watercolor and sepia ink come together to create this autumnal landscape. It was created by a method I regard as pur fun. First working very wet, watercolor is poured or dropped by brush onto watercolor paper. Move the paper around a bit to get the pigment moving. Keep adding pigment is color appear to pale remembering that watercolor dries lighter. Then I set aside the paper to dry completely.
Next comes discovery. What images can you find in these accidental splashes of color? What media are best from bringing them out? Here I used ink, choosing the sepia color because it harmonizes well with the fall colors and mood. In my finished product distant blue skies are seen through scattered clouds, peaks of the Sierra Nevada rise in the distance. A forest of aspens flames in reds and yellows. Cattle graze in pasture greened by the flow of springs which also feed the stream passing through the meadow. A stone cabin to the right is shaded by the lone evergreen.
In my painting "Primeval Forest" I used watercolor in a more controlled dry brush technique to create detail. The initial abstract colored sheet could have also provided background for collage or pastel work. However used this is an approach that invites playfulness, fun, and creativity.