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Sunday, February 20, 2011

Inspiration Sunday

Inspiration Sunday's painting began with the following instructions:
card 1:- on wet paper,draw freely with water-soluble crayons, using other tools if you wish, and when dry, select a colour scheme, and draw/paint your subject overtop

card 2:-paint using a triad ( on the colour wheel)

I decided to try two smaller paintings this time, rather than 1 larger piece, and used two different papers, one of which had an old beginning painting on it.

The top paper is thin and smooth-- hot press watercolour paper, 140 lb.
The bottom is 140 lb  rough watercolour paper.

I began with wet paper and watercolour crayons in my chosen triadic colours of orange, purple, and green

 I scribbled with the crayons, then let the paper dry.

Looks pretty messy, don't you think? 

The original scribbles become an unusual background for this painting. It seems to have a lot of movement.The green and purple in the tree trunk is not very visible in the pic, but I really like the way the two colours wove together to make interesting shades of both.

The second painting began with windows of orange over the scribbles and the underpainting.

 I decided to add green, wooden framing
Adding shadows and line gave a bit of depth. The background visible through the orange glass looks like distant objects, while the 'building wall' is left unchanged.

I think the textures and movement of the crayons scribbles added to the result, and although neither painting is very realistic, the exercises are to promote new directions and possibilities. I would not normally have chosen to paint over crayon scribbles, but this can produce some interesting effects.

I'm stretching my knowledge and trying new things.

Have you been stretching and creating this week? What have you been making?

Next challenge:
card 1:- place an assortment of found objects on your paper and spray around them with a watered down gesso mix. Allow to dry. Then paint
card 2:- find one of the following: a rock, branch or driftwood and use the shape or object as a basis for your creation.
Sounds interesting to me. I wonder what I'll find in the middle of winter?

Thanks for visiting.
Hugs from Suz


  1. This is fun, Suz! Like being a child again! :-)

  2. You're right, Diane. I'm letting my inner child out to play, and she's having a lot of fun! Hugs

  3. Oh my gosh, this is beautiful--and amazing!!!

  4. Think I have to try this, looks interesting.

  5. Hi Suz .... thanks for visiting. So you too love hydrangeas? Another fan! I just love what you have been doing above. Well done to experiment like this - it looks great!

  6. I love the tree with the blossoms... makes me want to walk into the picture - à la Mary Poppins!

    Fox : )

  7. Thank you Cindy! It's certainly expanding my comfort zone, and it's fun, too! Hugs

  8. Interesting, it is, Penny. Maybe you'd like to paint along with me? That would be fun doing the same challenge and seeing what you create! Hugs

  9. Thanks Suziqu! It's challenging, at times, but experimenting helps my learning, and playtime is fun. Hugs

  10. I'm glad you like it, Fox! Think you'll need your brelly, though. Hugs

  11. Very brave - yes, I worried about the crayon scribbles at first, but you've done a great job!

  12. these are so effective, truly lovely...and we will have no more talk of frogs thankyou!!

  13. Great paintings! I have been playing with crayons too this week for my journal class, it's fun.

  14. I don't know about brave, Janet, but definitely an experience! I was a little worried about the scribbles, too. Hugs

  15. Thanks, Karen. no frog funny? Hugs

  16. Hi Annet! I'll be over to check out what you're creating with your crayons! Hugs


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