Over the school summer holidays, we took a short trip up to Hervey Bay with the kids. I was inspired to create some abstract watercolour paintings based on the photographs we took while we were there. As you can tell, the idea was not to try to faithfully recreate the photos, but rather use them as a point of inspiration. I really enjoyed working on these, and want to try this painting style again.
A pretty field of purple flowers against a blue, pink and purple sky. Original painting is available for purchase from my Etsy store. Prints, and products like the ones featured below, are available from Redbubble.
I called this painting ‘contemplation’ because this style of painting is very meditative to me. I never know what the finished painting is going to be like when I begin – I just go with the flow, and see where the paint takes me. I love this combination of colours!
You can purchase this original painting in my Etsy store. Prints and other products like the ones featured below are available on Redbubble.
I love painting in watercolours – it’s definitely my favourite medium. My watercolours are a bit unusual compared to many I’ve seen, as many of them are abstract or naive in style. I love making abstract watercolours because it gives me a chance to let the paint have a ‘mind of its own’.
Many of my favourite abstract watercolours are inspired by science, like my ‘Moons of Jupiter’ series:
Some more ‘space’ inspired works:
From the very big to the very small – some of my other abstract watercolours are inspired by microscopic images:
But I think my favourite overall is this one – it’s only a tiny painting, but it has a lot of detail:
I’ve been enjoying doing some paintings with lots of little details lately. The first is one I started a LONG time ago, but only finished recently, entitled ‘Growth’. This painting includes lots of little details, including some embroidered elements, which is a first for me.
The next two paintings were both inspired by ocean waves. One was done primarily with watercolours, with some ink drawing done afterwards. The other was inspired by zentangles, and I did the patterened sections with a sharpie first before adding the colour with watercolours later.
I’m not sure which one I like best yet, but I’m leaning towards the last one – what are your thoughts?
Last weekend, I finished this painting, which I’ve titled Hope Within.
It’s been sitting unfinished for a long time, and to be honest I wasn’t sure if I would ever finish it.
I started this painting last year when I found out I was pregnant. When I later miscarried, I put the painting away because looking at it made me sad. They say that time heals all wounds, and while maybe they never heal completely they do hurt less. Last weekend I finally picked up the brush to finish this work.
After all that time (it’s been nearly a year), the meaning of the painting has evolved. When I started it, it was a symbol of the life growing inside me. Now I see it as a symbol of the fact that I haven’t given up hope.
Sorry for the sad (and maybe too personal) post. I debated with myself about sharing this with you, but ultimately I think I needed to explain the meaning behind the painting.