Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Watercolors To Go

"Art is when you hear a knocking from your soul — and you answer.” ~Terri Guillemets
Love that quote.  It's what I believe is the essence of art.  Art isn't about reproducing an image of a thing (at least not anymore, in this age of digital photography and camera phones).  It's about following your soul's music.

Yesterday my son Brandon and I went to Hobby Lobby to find a light for my friend Joe's art table (a birthday present).  We didn't find a good one.  I had to drop Bran off at a doctor's appointment and I was going to run errands while he was there, but something grabbed me and said, Go back to Hobby Lobby, get yourself some watercolors you can take with you and paint on a whim.

So that's what I did.  I picked up this cuuuuuute little paint box (it's less than 6 inches across) by Windsor & Newton.  The really cool thing about it is, if those colors don't jive with the palette I want to use, I can take them out and order different ones to replace them.  Doesn't it look... well, way too pretty and not messy enough, yet. 

Whenever I get new paints I do these little charts.  The cramped little space at the bottom is the new paints.  Even though I have this thing about cake watercolors that says, "those are for kindergartners," these seem to be actually much better quality than anything I currently have in a tube. 

In other incredibly awesome news, my mom is painting now.  She recently retired and is taking a watercolor class.  She's one of those people who wanted to be an artist, and whose parents told her, "Do something practical, I'm not supporting any starving artist."  So she learned to type and spent 50 years doing that.  Now she's answering 'the knocking from her soul,' and I'm so excited for her.  And my son Brandon will be an Art major as of fall.  I'd like to think I had a little to do with inspiring both of them. :)
Two images occurred to me while I was meditating today.  This is the first.  I'm sure you can tell it's going to be a yin/yang symbol.  Green = body, blue = spirit.  That's all I'll say for now, since I only have layer one completed.

The other is a girl on horseback (bareback, but you probably won't be able to specifically see that), obviously at a gallop, but a closeup of her bent over the horse's neck, with mane and hair flying in the wind, intermingled.

I want to do an Equine Tarot, and this latter image may end up becoming one of the cards.  I just haven't decided if I want to do the images in oil, or watercolor.  I am far more adept at oils, but... I dunno.  We'll see who is there when I open the door.