I am so thankful for my blogging. I often use it to reference and remember my art journey, which is what I was looking for today. But as I searched back through the years, I was blessed with photos of my mom, grandkids when they were little, raft trips, parties, etc. But I was looking for . . .
April 2009. This was the year I took a workshop with John Salminen (https://johnsalminen.com/). He is best known for his very detailed city scapes, but in this workshop, he taught an approach to abstract painting and this method stuck with me. This week I came up with 2 very different paintings using the same subject, egrets. For a while now I have been fascinated with their shape while flying and have painted them in several ways starting with realism.
This week I started an abstract, putting 3 simplified bird figures into a pyramid composition and began the tried and true Salminen start.
Egret Shapes in an Abstracted Design
|Come Fly With Me|
Watercolor on paper
21" x 29"
I decided to explore both shape and color using the same egret images. I rarely go for muted and neutral colors, so this was a challenge for me.
Watercolor and Collage on Paper
21" x 29"