Art Every Day Month – Day 14

Today’s effort was a random (and ineffective) experiment with watercolor (I so don’t know how to work with watercolor paint). I didn’t have time to really get into something and wasn’t coming up with ideas. This is the kind of creation that may someday be reincarnated into another work, like this one, which also started as random swipes of paint and sat for a couple of years until I saw something in it. Today’s work is the kind of art that my friend Gerry looks askance at (a five year old could do this, there’s no real skill or technique involved, and I don’t necessarily disagree with him). This effort fits with Illustration Friday’s topic Pretend. Pretend this painting is about something. Consider it a kind of Rorschach test; what do you see in it? I saw sunlight on the water of a lake.

sunlight on water - art every day month 08 - day 14

“Pretend” / 11×15″ watercolor paper with watercolor

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5 Comments on “Art Every Day Month – Day 14”

  1. leah Says:

    i see clouds moving in front of the sun. if i turned it so the right side was the bottom, i could see some figures in evening gowns, one in a blue mermaid style dress.

  2. Patti Kramer Says:

    This is not bad my dear. I did get that it was light on water. good job.

  3. Indigene Says:

    I often feel this way in winter, wanting to experiment, to jump start some kind of energy, so I don’t totally become a bear in hibernation!

    It reminds me of a beautiful day on the islands, Your friend may be right about anyone being able to do this, maybe that’s why adults are so stagnant and boring.

    So by all means have fun in the childhood of experimenting, something wonderful always happens, when you set yourself free! Great color and feeling!

  4. gerry rosser Says:

    So when did I become the whipping boy for abstract expressionists!?

    Really, my thoughts run very deep on “art” and it would take a long boring essay to express them. Suffice it to say that everything human-made is “art” in my book (or nothing is, if your glass is half-empty).

    I immediately saw sun on water with this one. I turned my head sideways and it seemed to be a cityscape seen through a window running with water. Did you try it as a vertical?

  5. Kathryn Says:

    Hey Gerry, I didn’t mean to designate you as a whipping boy. It’s just that your past comments on abstract art have been clearly heard and in fact mirror my own thoughts (e.g., why exactly is this called art?). I think that is part of the point of art — to entice the reader to question. I did look at it from the vertical perspective (and from all four sides) — and the sun on water was the clearest and most resonant for me. 🙂