Saturday, June 30, 2018


We are settling into our new home. Getting used to the high temperatures and going out in the morning and evening. Doing a lot of resting and relaxing.

And I have been working in my studio again finally. Although I am not picking up where I left off from actual painting all those months ago when I packed away my paints. I seem to be gravitating towards watercolors again. Not sure how that happened! But I have learned to go where it takes me and not to question things. I tried to get the acrylics out a few days ago but they seemed thick and gooey and I didn't enjoy them. I rather enjoy watching the paint flow with water. The only thing about watercolors is that the paper gets very wrinkly. You really need to stretch the paper. It is a tedious task to say the least.

I used to stretch many papers at a time in the bathtub. Let's just say it is a process and one I don't enjoy. I am going to try and gesso the paper first and see if that gives the same results as the stretching process. I am not sure if that will work or not. Otherwise I suppose I could use the acrylics as a water medium with some matte medium instead of water. Then the paper won't buckle.

We shall see.

In the meantime, enjoy your Fourth of July everyone!


Connie Rose said...

Beautiful! Aren't you using watercolor paper? Perhaps 300lb if 140lb buckles. Or paint on a watercolor block and let dry before removing top sheet. Have a great weekend! x

Carol- Beads and Birds said...

Glad you are settling in nicely. This piece is lovely. I am wondering how your husband spends his time.
xx, Carol

Gayle said...

Gorgeous design and colors! I'm sensing that you on a creative crescendo and happy for you that your art studio is ready for action!

Robbie said...

So glad you are back at it...this piece is beautiful! About the heat!!!'s 100 here in Michigan today! Go figure! Suppose to be in the high 80's - 100 all week! Where am I again!!! HA