365, Day 27: Expectations

365, Day 27

This did not work out the way I’d hoped. But….

I’ve mentioned previously that I love clouds. This time of year where I live in St. Louis, we can have some great clouds. Sculptural, dramatic effects that give the sunlight and moonlight lots of places to play. I’ve never been brave enough to try to paint clouds before beginning this practice but the small space (and, I think, the daily, “just do it” aspect of the whole exercise) has given me the courage to try some things. Today I tried a technique I’d come across in a watercolor book years ago. The technique incorporates both liquid frisket and the use of white pigment to outline the light-struck edges of the clouds. Both of these elements are still problematic for me.

I used Chinese white here for the outlining and was dissatisfied with its appearance. It’s too transparent, looking more grey than white because of the way the underlying blues show through. And my moon is wonky…

But, it’s a first try, and I am willing to be happy about that and to keep playing around to see if my results can meet my expectations in the future.

(© Karen Opp. All rights reserved.)

About Karen

I am a fifty-something anthropology student, an artist, dancer, photographer, healer, mother, grandmother and perennial seeker. I am distracted by shiny things and infused with a sense of wonder at the world around me and people in general. I am a “journey” person who often wishes that I could have a “destination” day at least every now and then…
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