Global Warming on Saginaw Bay

An artist friend whose opinion I respect suggests that the values are too similar. Another thinks the mermaid should have shells in her hair and more highlights. I originally painted the fish much brighter and think I’ll go back and repaint them, as bright fish were part of the joke.

This winter I seem unable to focus on a large, money-maker project, so I’m experimenting, painting from my head, from photographs, from life, using watercolors of several types, acrylics, and pastels. Nothing really hangs together. I’m at the looks-futile-dump-it stage, but experience has taught me hang tough and finish a long-term project. For it is, actually, a project after all.

I’ll just turn my Global Warming to the wall for a while.

Later…okay, I redid it…as seen in this image. In addition to the above ideas, my son suggested that I brighten the fisherperson. At first I resisted but he was right. I ended up taking everyone’s suggestions and now I like this painting. This often happens to me: I ask for help but then I reject what I get. I know, however, that this is a mistake and I know better than to ask for suggestions and not even try them.
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Laramie Plain

My problem is was this: I hadn’t gessoed my Indian handmade paper, which I often do not do for watercolor, but not only did the paper blister all over the place when I tried to remove unwanted paint, but when I tried to remove the masking fluid I’d used for white places, I rubbed off big nasty white patches. I was going to throw the whole thing out, but then, I thought I’d see if I couldn’t find something in there I liked. This everyday art project involves practice in easing up on judgement.

I ended up cutting the painting in two. I liked all the triangles and shapes in each. Each of these little Everyday paintings teaches me something new, even if it’s what NOT to do. I’ve given myself permission to play with what may be insignificant and even silly art, because my best work has always come out of play, and because right now I can’t seem to focus on much more than healing.

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