Monday, April 9, 2018

Watercolor Animals


Since my last post, I have been busy filling out my solo show that will take place in August and September in West Hartford.  I actually went into a bit of a panic because when I was figuring out how many pieces I had ready, I realized it was far fewer than I thought.

I still had a lot of wall space to fill.

I had decided a while ago that I wanted it to be an all-watercolor show.  I wanted it to look good and cohesive as a exhibition.  But now I had to think about what watercolors I wanted to include.  Since all the pieces I had so far featured animals - or some other kind of life in it - I decided to go that way.  No barns.  No trees.  No landscapes.  Everything had to have some kind of animal (or insect) life in it.

With that in mind, I cranked out the watercolors.

Green Toad Mellows          2018        j. c. phillipps

Grey Ghost           2018         j. c. phillipps

Java Cat        2018        j. c. phillipps

Small Green Frog           2018          j. c. phillipps
Small Green Frog started out as a bigger painting, but the mushroom turned out awful.  Sometimes that happens.  Sometimes it just goes south and there's nothing you can do about it.  So I cropped it.  It's a small little painting now, but it has become one of my favorites.  I love that little frog.

Texas Longhorn             2018          j. c. phillipps

Smudgy Bee                2018               j. c. phillipps
I call this one Smudgy Bee because after I was done painting the bee, the edges were too rough and solid.  The bee didn't blend with the background.  So I took some clear water and smudged up the edges, I let the colors bleed into each other a bit.  I like it so much better now.

Winter Sheep                  2018                   j. c. phillipps

The show is ready now.  The pieces are matted, framed, and wired.  I have them packed away until August.  Now my biggest task is figuring out what to name the show.  I'm playing with Watercolor Kingdom - like Animal Kingdom but I don't want people to go in there thinking they're going to see knights and such.  Watercolor Creatures is another idea.  Watercolor Life.  Anyway, nothing has clicked so far.  We'll see.

Thanks for stopping in!
I hope your Spring has less snow than mine has had.

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