I started working on this painting in the summer of 2016 (not lately, I know, but just getting around to scanning it before it gets framed).
I think it was early August and I completed it by the end of the month, and this is one of the more intricate paintings I've done in a while. In addition to watercolor paint I also used a variety of pens to add in some of the coloring detail.
This reminds me of the feeling of walking in woods and coming across a waterfall, hence its nebulous name, Falls.
This year I knew I wanted to work with the same 4" x 4" square watercolor paintings as I had in 2016. I ended up accidentally buying a thinner paper and it didn't take well to the liquid masking fluid that I used a lot last year. As a result, this year's work is a bit more free-flowing and I left more room for white spaces. I've always loved the look of paintings that seem a bit unfinished, sometimes with white canvas or pencil lines still visible.
I also was inspired by a trip I took to Chile, where I had the opportunity to tour one of the homes of Chilean poet Pablo Neruda. When I returned from the trip I started digging into his poetry and each painting corresponds to a Neruda poem.
In 2016, I decided to participate in the 100 Day Project, which is a community-driven initiative to create and share whatever you choose every day for 100 consecutive days. I chose to paint small 4" x 4" watercolor paintings, and grew to really love and respect the discipline it takes to be creative everyday.
I learned a lot from this project:
- 100 days is a LONG time. It's a real commitment.
- You will make work you aren't always excited about or proud of, and that's ok because it's part of the process. In fact, being able to push past mediocre work is essential to making great work.
- If I make one piece I am proud of at the end of 100 days, my time was well-spent.