New Watercolor: “Splat!”

"Splat!" Watercolor and gouache on Sennelier cold-press watercolor paper 12" x 12" © 2013 Marilyn Fenn

“Splat!”
Watercolor and gouache on Sennelier cold-press watercolor paper
12″ x 12″
© 2013 Marilyn Fenn

I thought I’d try out the Sennelier watercolor block I discovered the other day buried in my studio.  Watercolor is a medium I’m not terribly familiar with.  I did maybe 10-12 large watercolor still lifes back in the late 80’s, but otherwise, I have mostly avoided it — except for small watercolor pencil drawings (paintings?) over the last few years — until just a few weeks ago.

This time, I soaked the paper pretty thoroughly, taped it down and started to paint.  Hours later, the paper was still mostly wet, and the colors were still bleeding.  So, this is more messy than I’m completely comfortable with, but there it is, fwiw.

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…basic human emotions — tragedy, ecstasy, doom, and so on…the fact that a lot of people break down and cry when confronted with my pictures shows that I can communicate those basic human emotions . The people who weep before my pictures are having the same religious experience I had when I painted them. And if you, as you say, are moved only by their color relationship, then you miss the point.

— Rothko
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Composition Number 6, 2013 - Acrylic on panel - 8 x 8 - © 2013 Marilyn Fenn Untitled (2015-005) - Oil painting by Marilyn Fenn Small Daily Painting 2014-011 - Oil painting by Marilyn Fenn Untitled 2015-019 - Oil on Canvas - 8 x 8 - © 2015 Marilyn Fenn