Paralyzed From the Brain Down - April 3, 2020

To say the past weeks have been weird is an understatement. I have been trying to work from home, but it's difficult. What's worse is that I'm home more, but am completely unable to paint! I'm paralyzed and I can't figure out what's wrong. My husband says all psychological problems are inherently fixable if you can articulate what the problem is. So when I can't articulate it, I feel worse, like it's only ME standing in the way of feeling better. If only I were smarter.
One fun thing is that my siblings and I are all talking more online. Yesterday we had the best conversation because one never-available-when-we-group-call sibling actually took part! Unfortunately, they also got mad when I took a (lot) screenshots. I touched up one of the screenshots to show how they should really feel about me. 

I'm thinking of downloading some filters for my next meeting at work and looking like the potato lady I can't stop laughing at this picture. 

And laugh…

Before and After

I thought I would show a watercolor in the different stages. This one I'd been working on for a few days and the gray green area above the grass green area just wasn't working out. Too dark. I couldn't do anything to get more contrast. So... what to do about it? I could tear another piece of watercolor paper to cover it and then start over on that part, but it would stick up from the first piece of paper too much. Hmmm... (tap on chin)

Aha! Put a piece of book page paper (I love Harry Potter - that's what this one is) over it. I'd planned on watercoloring over it, but liked the contrast of the whiteness against what I'd already done. Other than putting a few more layers of color over the sky and grass areas, I left the book paper pretty much alone. I added some highlights of metallic paint for the stars, the horizon and the windows of the house. I took this picture outside and it's REALLY bright today - the colors aren't quite so garish in real life!

Here's a detail of the house. Can you see the glittery doorknob? I'd love to be invited to this home.


Frances said…
Isn't it fun when an artwork suddenly presents an unforeseen challenge...that can be trigger fresh thinking?

Your watercolor has lots of sparkle, not just on the little door knob.

Best wishes.
Arzigogolare said…
I love the introduction of the strip of book text - and even how the words run vertically along the horizontally-oriented strip. The inspiration that comes from trying to rework a piece is often pretty wonderful.
- Lisa
PS I think this may be the first time I have left a comment on your blog, so I just wanted to say that I enjoy visiting...

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