Following my eyes

My work is going to take a detour through some unknown territory. As I mentioned in my last post, I had taken over half a year off to have a baby. Now I am starting from scratch. What was important before? I can’t seem to remember. What do I want to say? I’m looking for it.

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(“Looking at a fig tree” 8×10 watercolor)

I am painting those things around me that persuade my eyes to stop and look, and look again.

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This includes playing with mediums. I sometimes enjoy what watercolor can do (the way colors run together, the visual textures that appear). The background on this painting is not my best work (sort of blotchy).

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(“Painting of a painted plate” 8×10 watercolor)

I have recently moved to a more rural location. My eyes have been taking in the vegetation around me. I enjoy seeing the contrasts in the way nature actually is and how it is portrayed for decorative purposes.

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Outside, nature is tangled, barbed, thick, wild. Inside, it is prim, pretty, orderly, decorative.

I have enjoyed looking at Elizabeth Blackadder’s work as I sort through my own ideas. She is a Scottish painter (a fellow Edinburgh College of Art graduate), working in watercolors and oils, painting normal life things. I appreciate that she doesn’t agonize over what to paint and simply paints the objects around her.

(The following images are Blackadder’s work)

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I think it’s important for me to trust my eyes. They seem to know my interests before my brain does.

Thanks for reading,

Kathryn

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