Happy New Year to all.  I am sitting at my computer as I write this blog piece looking out onto a snowy, cold winter landscape.  It seems to me that we’ve had fairly mild winters in Indiana the past few years, but this year has been tough for those of us who prefer sunny skies and warm days. Snow is pretty–but it’s not THAT pretty.  Of course, if you’re a transparent watercolorist and you want to paint snow, you can really save on paint because you can just leave the paper completely white–except for maybe a red roof here and there.  And a few shadows.  Oh, that’s right–in order to have shadows, one must have sunshine.  Never mind.

I’ve been experimenting with watercolor on canvas using a watercolor ground on the canvas before applying watercolor paint.  I was advised to allow the “ground” to dry completely–a day or more–before applying any watercolor to the canvas, so I did that.    It was an interesting project because the watercolor paint once applied to the “grounded” canvas remained workable for quite a long time, which is something I don’t experience using WC on WC paper.  I began by doing multiple washes and taping off the vase area–but not too thoroughly because I wanted texture and squiggles.  Then I began painting in the flowers.  There are many coats of paint in this painting, and I like it.  I always paint things in my head first (do you ever do that?), and then I begin with surface, brush, and paint.  Sometimes the result comes out looking like I wanted it to look in my head, and sometimes not.  I sealed the painting and then framed it in a white wood floating frame.  I may enter it in this spring’s Member Show at Second Presbyterian. 

I wish you warm days and warm nights and an early spring.  Paint beautiful things.