|The Grass Being Greener Watercolor on Khadi 18 x 24.5|
Each painting offers up a unique experience and, as part of the preparation, I try to visualize the finished work as well as to plan a step-by-step plan in order to achieve the desired results. Khadi paper offers up it own qualities. This is my third work using this wonderful paper and I am still maneuvering through its capabilities, as well as my own. I liken it to driving a vehicle through an unfamiliar terrain, or in various weather conditions. My first pass was a dropping-in of pigment wet-into-wet for the spots on this dappled bovine. Dropping-in is something that Khadi does very well. My next pass was to be a graded background wash. Not easily undertaken. A failure, in fact, as the ultra-absorbing paper does not allow for much pushing and pulling. And so, my thrill came from the adjustments that had to be made in order to achieve the painting in my mind. Difficult, but doable.
Indeed...the grass is always greener...how very appropriate! Oh, the glory of the process!
(Painting)..."It is a form of conversation, and just like a conversation it can turn out exciting, boring, ugly, beautiful, enlightening. Like a conversation. it can have unexpected turns, sudden discoveries and hidden subtext and periods of silence. All this is what makes painting endlessly fascinating."