With the recent news, it has been extremely hard to focus and remain collected. The media is throwing a stream of negativity but while it may be scary it is also an important time in our society. My emotions and thoughts are fragile but also strong. During times like these, it is important to express yourself. That’s why I have chosen to express my feelings in these paintings.
Over the course of the semester, I have been creating a series of abstract watercolor paintings. Recently, I have switched from the medium of watercolor to gouache. While watercolor gives a light, opaque wash, gouache gives a bold yet moldable color wash. I decided to switch to gouache because the color saturation is much better than watercolor. The entire theme of the series to study the colors with your eyes, as the viewer. So that is why I feel like gouache is more effective. At the beginning of the series I painted on mixed media paper, I have now switched to cold-press watercolor paper. The flow of the paint on this paper is much more lovely and controllable. I have also switched to painting on a flat table rather than painting on an easel. I am able to control the motion of color much better this way. The color stays in one place unless I choose to move it.
With these couple of changes, my series has developed in a more sophisticated set of paintings. There is more variation in the tones and hues. So far, I have finished about five paintings. The colors that I have completed are blue, purple, red, orange, and yellow. I have just one color left to do, which is green. Although I only have the one color left, I will still continue to paint and experiment with the same colors. At the end of the semester, I will choose the ones that I wish to include and frame.
The color blue has had one of the biggest impacts on art since the beginning of time. Egyptians used blue stones as jewelry and ornaments and during the renaissance, it was used as a means for make-up, more specifically eyeshadow. It can also be seen in some of the most famous pieces of art including The Starry Night by Vincent Van Gogh and Girl with a Pearl Earring by Johannes Vermeer. There is no doubt that blue will always be impactful in history and more specifically art history. What I am more infatuated with is how the color makes you feel. Blue can be seen as a calming color. It can also be seen as a sad and gloomy color as well. Over the course of the semester of spring 2020, I will be creating a series on the topic of color psychology. I will be creating a series of 7 abstract watercolor paintings exploring the topic of color psychology.
For my first project of the series of 7 paintings, I decided to work with my favorite color blue. Ever since I was a little girl, I remember being drawn to the color blue. The more saturated it was, the more I liked it. Pink has been associated with the female gender for a very long time, so I guess I always wanted to be different from gender normalities. The watercolor painting was made on cold-pressed watercolor paper. I made the dimensions 11 in x 14 in. The process was very smooth and experimental. I layered different shades of blue, creating a monotone color palette. The shape of the painting is a cloud, representing that calming feeling. Even with a few accidental drips, the painting tuned out overall successful in composition and in color. With that being said, as I go forward with the other 6 paintings, I will continue to be experimental with the process and just go with the flow.