I've spent the last several days enjoying the company of my BFF. She arrived mid-day on Thursday. As always there are lots of art supplies to be unloaded from her trunk as well as art books and a ready supply of snack goodies and clothes of course. We spend the afternoon in the pool chatting and catching up on our lives, the latest happenings, etc. Bonnie is finally officially "retired" and she is adjusting to what-ever that means. Making plans and figuring out what she will do with all of her free time now.
We plan a zillion things to do when she is here but as always, time runs quickly away from us and we rarely get to everything we planned. Oh and the rain...the rain....it interferes with our outdoor plans. But we make do with it and stand under the shelter of my patio and paint anyway.
|Bonnie working out her design|
|The curlicue design in purple ink|
Rice paper is rather thin and when it gets wet well.... the color just explodes on the paper making the most incredible spidery (is that a word?) designs, the colors run freely and there is little to no control.
|Adding watercolor in the background|
My friend on the other hand was not as pleased with the unpredictability and was ready to give up on her piece so I asked if it would be ok to "play" with it and see what would happen. With permission and a sense of wild abandon, I added blues and greens to the background and then used black ink to redefine some areas.
|Reworking Bonnie's design|
I really liked that Bonnie followed the directions of wetting her paper and crumpling it before drawing; it gives the paper a batik look and once it is flattened it will look pretty cool.
The next in my curlicue series of paintings was this design. It reminds me of an old fashioned garden fence or gate like my Granny had at her house.
|Old fashioned garden fence or gate|
|Using waterproof markers for tight design control.|
That's just the beginning of our little adventures, won't you come back next week and see what else we were up to?
Grab you paper and pencils and go sketch/draw something this week!