One morning this week I was rushing to get out the door to walk the dog. Timing is everything on the morning walk because if we get out just a few minutes later than normal, we risk not being able to see several of his dog friends.
We had had heavy rain the day before – flash flood warning type of rain. So this morning I was busy trying to figure out which coat to wear, would it rain more this morning or not? I hurriedly threw on the rain coat, grabbed the dog treats, said good-byes and was pulled out the door. The sky had become clear for the moment and as I looked ahead I saw a giant rainbow across the sky. I stopped the dog dead in his tracks so that I could get out my phone and capture it. When I got the phone out and took a second look I saw that we had a double rainbow! I shouted over to my husband who was getting into his car to make sure he saw the rainbows. He did. I asked every person we met that morning if they saw the rainbows too. I wanted to make sure that everyone took a moment to stop and see the phenomenon that nature had made for us that morning.
We often rush through the morning to get where we need to be, sometimes a place we don’t want to be but have to be there anyway. Sometimes the most important parts of the day are the moments in between the places we are going.
In some cultures, the rainbow is a sign of transformation and in others a symbol of promise and new life. All I know is that when I see a rainbow, it always makes me feel good inside in that moment.
I don’t always know immediately why I am drawn to something. Nature is beautiful. Life is beautiful. I like to try to capture this to remind us of the inherent beauty in life and in ourselves as human beings, no matter how small that beauty may be.
When I start a new piece and take it down to miniature size, I have to think what is the essence of this beautiful object I want to convey; what do I want you to see so that you can know that beauty too.
As a viewer, you go through a similar process, focusing on the object that is being portrayed and discovering what is beautiful for yourself.
Sandy Allnock has a great online course that demonstrates multiple techniques for Watercolor Backgrounds. I wanted to take it a step further and test the techniques on paper other than watercolor paper. (Can you tell which paper is the watercolor paper?) Below are today’s results.
Today while I was working on a practice painting for the Fresh Florals class, I decided to test a new paper, Crane’s Lettra, 110C in Pearl White. I was not sure how much water it could take so I was careful not to saturate the surface. This paper is 100% cotton and it took the water I did use beautifully so in my next test I will not hold back on the water.
Back in the studio today and warming up with some roses! Looking forward to trying some variation with line, layer and color. There is something wonderful about bright colors on a crisp, fresh piece of paper.