Adobe Photoshop Express, Ann Blockley, anthropology, Blue Apatite Genuine, brush, Daniel Smith watercolours, granulation fluid, history, How to Read Water, lake, Loren Eiseley, Lunar Blue, magic, mountains, paper, Patchings Art Festival, pencil, Perylene Green, puddle, Rich Gold Green, ripple, river, River Soar, rivulet, Saunders Waterford, sea, St. Cuthberts Mill, stream, Tristan Gooley, water, watercolour
Despite living in central England I love the water….I really empathise with this quote by Loren Eiseley – ‘If there is magic on this planet, it is contained in water.’ (Although, I hasten to add, I also find magic in the mountains….) Whether it’s the sea, a lake, a river, stream, puddle, rivulet or ripple, there is something about water that draws me to it….
Just over 100yards from where I live is the River Soar and is a favourite place of mine to wander along, to sit awhile….
…to ponder and wonder….to such an extent that I am now reading Tristan Gooley’s book, ‘How To Read Water; Clues and Patterns from Puddles to the Sea’..
Along with the physical properties of water, Gooley intertwines history, anthropology and his own experiences…am finding it fascinating…..
Water also plays a large part in my attempts at art….and I have spent the morning playing with my favourite Daniel Smith watercolours, lots of water, sepia ink and granulation fluid – something I had forgotten I had until Ann Blockley used it in her demo at Patchings Art Festival…
I used Saunders Waterford 140lb NOT paper produced by St. Cuthbert’s Mill and Daniel Smith watercolours – Perylene Green, Lunar Blue, Blue Apatite Genuine, Moonglow and my favourite, Rich Gold Green…along with granulation fluid and a black watercolour pencil…and water!
The following three are my favourites – judiciously cropped and framed using Photoshop…
Not sure where this experimentation will lead to, if anywhere, but it’s fun…and, being a person who puts such pressure on myself to produce masterpieces every time I pick up a brush…having fun and enjoying my art is something I should concentrate on….the magic will come, hopefully!!