“Mother and Daughter, Sun and Shadow” is one of my daily sketches from last June when I was still experimenting with my watercolor pencils, mixing my love of simple sketches with the ability to blend colors, though not with my fingers as I am accustomed with my other familiar dry media of pastel, pencil, charcoal and the like. I sketched the basis of this, Mewsette and Mimi curled together on that pink flowered rug in a patch of sun on the upstairs landing, then ran a wet watercolor brush over it, just water, and let the colors blend as they would, magically turning my sketch into something I had not visualized.
These two were curled up together on the rug on the landing, in very diffuse sunlight, not the bright morning light we often have, but it reflected off the white walls and created some interesting color combinations in their fur as well as reflected areas. Nice composition they made, and I wasn’t quite sure what I wanted to do with it at first, but I’m glad I chose watercolor for its opacity.
One of my all-time favorites! I don’t remember making the logical decisions to blend those colors, outline in green and soften it all with a wet watercolor brush, and I love it when that happens. It was also my March 2013 desktop calendar—visit that post to read more about the sketch and see the original.
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Where to find this artwork
This papier-mâché box is hand-painted in indigo with bright red trim, with a print of “Mother and Daughter, Sun and Shadow” decoupaged to the lid. Lid and bottom are finished with matte-finish Modge Podge. Box measures 6″x6″ in diameter x 3″ high. Use for storage for small items, photos or special keepsakes, or use as gift boxes. Read more about it in my Etsy shop.
The mousepad 7-3/4″ x 9-1/8″ and is made from stain-resistant high density foam, nicely cushioned and just right for any type of mouse to smoothly roll over the surface. Read more about it in my Etsy shop.
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Sun at Sunset
The sun finally came out just before sunset. The problem with an overcast day is that nothing looks inspiring. But as soon as the sun came out, there was my painting.
Modeled by…guess who? And apparently she did not approve because, after I’d scanned it and set it on my drafting table to write up my post, she decided to walk right across it, trailing fading black pawprints, of course she stepped right in the middle of herself. Wonder if that’s a metaphor for something.
Mimi says to stop now, it’s been a long day and and I am getting delirious. It has been a long day.
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