Tuesday, May 05, 2009

DSFDF


I participate in a challenge every few weeks on the blog "Different strokes from different folks". Karen Jurick is a wonderfully talented women and encourages us to break out of the "paint whats there" thinking and encourages risks. Developing style and so, with that in mind, I have decided to go about these challenges a bit differently. I am going to give myself the freedom to experiment and try new things, either papers, paints, techniques, whatever. The goal is to learn something new, without the fear of not living up to expectations. Thats the only problem with these types of groups. When you see all the great work you feel pressured to just perform and put out. I am going to try and take that away. So, in saying that, I also understand that things will not always work out and they may actually flop big time. I am going to make myself post regardless. I feel sweat already!


This current challenge was a New York street scene. I took my watercolor paper and added tissue paper for texture. This caused the paint to run and travel along the tissue paper lines and took away the control of the paint, but it was fun. I added some pen, pastel pencils for fun.

8 comments:

Shirley said...

I love this! Not only because it is such a wonderful version of the NYC photo, but also because of the tissue paper effect. That will go on my "To-Try" list immediately.

Thank you for adding "name/url" for comments. I always want to congratulate you on something you've done and share so many quilt interests.

Cathy Gatland said...

This has such a sense of action, almost panic, about it - just like the feeling I sometimes get when in a rush of traffic, going round a bend and trying to keep in my lane and up to speed - I love it! A very successful experiment - good idea to let go of the pressure and play.

Ann Rogers said...

No sweat...this turned out great with very interesting applications.

Joan said...

Oh, Desiree, I LOVE IT!!!! Being a New Yorker I know that you have captured it perfectly. The tissue paper gives it a nice texture. Congrats on trying something new for you!!

Beena said...

I really like this, too! It makes me think of a rainy day in NYC. I love the effects from the tissue paper.

You should not have such worries! You're very talented and should just enjoy the adventure!

Desiree said...

Thanks for all the nice comments, The support is so encouraging!

L.Holm said...

You did a fantastic job! it has your own unique style and vision. love it!

r garriott said...

Ooooo! Love the sense of speed and energy. Great color structure; who knew that gray could be so interesting! It has a very illustrative quality, like something you'd see on the cover of New Yorker magazine.

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