So, it's confession time. I haven't been exclusively loyal to painting in watercolor lately. In fact, each Monday morning for over a month in Scott Noel's class I've been drawing in pastel. It's like an old flame has been reignited. Back in 2001 I had a fling with pastel for several months.
Something about the layering and opacity has seduced me again. So much so, that it's hard to go back to my studio and paint in watercolor. The two methods are almost opposites to each other and it usually takes me a day or two to get my mind back into the watercolor paint. It's been agonizing.
I feel that I'm on the edge of something new. Maybe I just need to introduce the two to each other in order to come clean and make peace. Am I a mixed media artist waiting to happen?
From the start "Man and Woman" was about a relationship. I chose this angle because it's symbolic content spoke to me. And, this is where I arrived after about 3 hours on a full sheet of paper (22 in x 30 in).
I think the key to reconciliation is quality time, putting in the hours with my materials... and not being afraid of new methods. Taking risks. It's scary because I don't know what will happen. Such is life. I'm excited!