Saturday, January 7, 2012

Arabesque Painting in Progress

I am painting large swatches of colour these days. You know those things called walls?  Meanwhile I have visions of my own paintings swirling in my head.

This morning I woke up far too early for a Saturday morning--at 5:00 a.m. (Trust me, it was not on purpose.) But that early rise made it possible for me to go quietly to my loft and start a painting.

I told you that I was stuck on the image of the tree that looked like a ballet dancer. That is the image that I have decided to paint.  I was inspired by the recent paintings of my friend Lucile and chose coloured paper (Canson Mi-Teintes Pastel paper). I have used a combination of gouache and watercolour.  This is a real departure for me--choosing a coloured background, using gouache.  What is happening to me? The new year is clearly shaking things up in my head and that is good.


  1. 5 AM - yikes! I hope you'll get to sleep longer tomorrow! I like this piece of art! :-)

  2. Oh gosh, I wish I could start work early. Sat morning, slept in....should have been working! It is good to get going early.There is always pooch to walk first thing but maybe not 5am!!!! Looks like you are enjoying your new work, being brave with different materials, Yeah. Looks good!

  3. Oh you are right Kathleen ! you are a real artist, this wakes you up early.
    I am thrilled if my paper inspired you, and your painting on progress seems gorgeous. I love ballet so I can't wait to see it....

  4. I,m so happy you started with new materials specially with a paper in that color!! It,s a little challenge!! you will enjoy it very much. these 1st picture looks beatifull. :)

  5. I love how your painting is coming along, Kathleen, and how you have stepped out of your place of comfort by using colored paper. I have never used guache, but would love to try it. Keep us posted on how it's all coming along.
    Happy New Year!
    x, Val

  6. Tina--Hoping for sleep too! :)

    Julie--My productive time is usually the afternoon & evening so this was a departure for me. Maybe I need to try it more often!

    Lucile--You provide ongoing inspiration to me.

    Karin--I am really enjoying doing this painting. Remember when I asked you about your beautiful work on the brown notebooks? :)

    Val--It's good to step out of our place of comfort, isn't it? Not just good, fun! Happy New Year to you too.

  7. This looks beautiful, Kathleen!

  8. Shira--Thanks. That means a lot to me!


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