watercolor, 24" x 36"
I went to a watercolor workshop by Judy North, thinking that I would learn something more about technique. Instead, she asked us to look through magazines for images and use them for the start of a painting. I pulled out images of fish, water, rocks, some pink-red frogs, a dark glowing room and collaged them into a Missouri creek bed that became the beginning of a series of watercolors. I was not trying to paint a creek bed as it exists in reality, but I wanted it to look like it did. The images are personal, chosen because they are right. A feeling of rightness that is a little removed from a conscious choice. A significance more sensed than thought.