Marilyn Bishop’s Art Blog features watercolor on paper, using monotype, rice paper plus collage and experimental techniques for social commentary, spiritual themes, typical images and more.
Monday, February 24, 2014
Festival New Richmond
This watercolor is the most recent painting shown (and sold) at the Front Street Cafe in New Richmond on the Ohio. It's another in the series of bright and fun shapes depicting events and places in this quaint river town.
"Asian Peonies" are so titled because the design being off-centered suggests an Asian look. The peonies again came from my garden and the round vase is from an arrangement of flowers that my daughter sent to me on Mother's Day. This is another in the series that begins with a totally wet paper with color dropped in and left to dry. After it dried, I studied it for quite a while to determine the placement of the vases as there was only one vase in the original arrangement. I used lots of water and strong color contrast to make a splash with this painting. Watercolor is so much fun to use if I let it be. The fluid blending of color is what makes it incredibly soft and beautiful.
These magnolias are growing in my back yard garden. Although they are actually white, I preferred to generate contrasting colors on a blue/purple background. Again I wet the paper and dropped in color. After it dried I studied it at length before deciding to pursue the magnolia sketch design. Lots of water with mingling shades of pink, magenta and yellow created the flowers with chrome green and indigo dropped in the carve out the shapes of the petals. Although not totally realistic, this is a vibrant painting that gave me a great deal of satisfaction to paint.