Of all the watercolor paintings I've attempted in the last year (my first year of watercolor), the aspens in autumn give me the most satisfaction. I've like very few of my watercolors, actually. Like the other paintings I've done, I found inspiration from a photograph. I chose to go wet on dry which I've not done in any of the other paintings. It gave me more control and in watercolor there really is no control, for me at least. The color depth, darks and brights were more manageable. I like aspen and birch groves so I'll be doing more of this subject.
I accepted the "art challenge" from Margherta Lahrman to help fill
Facebook pages with art instead of fractured facts and ugly politics. My post included a photo of one of Wassily Kandinsky's paintings.
“I applied streaks and
blobs of color onto the canvas with a palette knife and I made them sing
with all the intensity I could...” --Wassily Kandinsky
My favorite classes in college were art history classes. No surprise,
since I hoped to major in art and design. Art history classes back then
involved projecting loads of slides on a screen for the students to
ponder while being enlightened by the professor expounding on the
artists, the themes of the paintings, the techniques, and the conceptual
meaning below the surface.
When it came time to write my final paper, I chose
Wassily Kandinsky, a Russian artist from the early half of the 20th
century. In particular, I focused my thesis on one of the
paintings in the Composition series, which he painted over betwe…