Beach Experiment

February 26, 2013 10 Comments

 

So I was playing around with watercolors yesterday... actually using them as watercolors and not just a vehicle for adding life to ink drawings. It was refreshing to break the mold of my "technique" and turned out sort of cool (I think). I was trying to capture an aerial view of a beach dotted with yellow umbrellas.

It was scary at first, not to try to make it perfect. I even stood up while I was painting it, which I never do. Officially out of the comfort zone.

After a little while I was at it I got so comfortable out of my comfort zone that I even drew on top of it in big thick marker. Don't laugh guys, this is my idea of totally radical thinking. After years of creating art on demand for customers, this kind of freedom felt positively reckless.

What is this waif doing lounging here above/against/in front of my aerial beach? Why is her arm so emaciated yet her rear so voluptuous? What is she holding in her claw? Why does she have a claw?

These are the questions art historians will someday ask and debate when I am discovered long after my own lifetime.

ps. buy a print!

Posted in beach, Inslee, Inslee By Design, Inslee Haynes, The Sketch Book, watercolor


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Juliana
Juliana

July 25, 2014

In my opinion your finest work, true art

Mary
Mary

July 25, 2014

In family photos I always have a claw resting on somebody’s shoulder. Nobody knows where claws come from, but people have them.
Love the sketch!

Catherine
Catherine

July 25, 2014

Absolutely love this. What a great exersize and reminder to step out of comfort zones once in awhile! {ps would totally buy a print :) }

Inslee
Inslee

July 25, 2014

wow, thank you what a compliment!

Dana C Thomas
Dana C Thomas

July 25, 2014

Claw? What claw? All I see is a good romance novel in her hand. That is why she is floating above it all!

Love the outside your comfort zone Art. As a fellow confined perfectionist I plan to try standing up in the middle of drawing.

Karin
Karin

July 25, 2014

This is stunning!! Love it.

Chiara Beth
Chiara Beth

July 25, 2014

LOVE this! The aerial umbrellas, the juxtaposition…and your comments about the claw.

Roxy
Roxy

July 25, 2014

I am going to need a commission in this “reckless” new style on “deliciously heavy” paper very soon.

Inslee
Inslee

July 25, 2014

it really is tough! i always want my work to be “good”, so it’s easy to stick to what i know will work and very hard to take the risk of a new technique for fear of it being “not so good”! i’m glad you agree!

Sabina
Sabina

July 25, 2014

I wonder if people realize just how to tough it is to leave one’s comfort zone, in art and just in general. I tend to use my watercolors in the way you do, less splashy and more line-y, but hey that’s what you need to do with fashion illustration. Nothing wrong with that of course, but it’s also always fun to experiment with a medium too, let it do some of the work for you.

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