Today’s Gothic Arches theme is Birthstones. I’m a Pisces, born in March, and I’ve never been particularly sure about my birthstone, so I went online and looked it up! Aquamarine… sea water blues/greens. Apparently, the preferred, and most valuable aquamarines are sky-blue. Well, not for me – no, my choice is blue-green, or sea water!
Interestingly, I started humming, “Marina, aquamarina…” from the kids’ programme of the 60s/70s. I could be wrong, but I think she was a sea creature, like a mermaid and Scott Tracey was secretly in love with her. It must’ve been Thunderbirds, or I could have it completely wrong! In any event, I have given Marina a makeover:
I was upstairs, thinking about this arch, not sure what I wanted to do and randomly (or not?), squirting little globs of watercolour paint/pigments into my porcelain palette!! Still unsure, I played around on several surfaces, the first being a sheet of paper from Crafty Individuals, not that it’s recognisable here!! Then I put some washes down on a text page, followed by a variegated wash on a 7″x5″ sheet of watercolour paper. I nearly ruined that because I was too impatient to let it dry before going back in again!
I also have a watercolour abstract in progress which is layers of colours and drips. I am using that as a kind of “controlled experiment”, which is fun and interesting at the same time. At the very least it will be an awesome background! So anyway, a bit of painting through punchinella, a small magazine image, some text and colour-combined doodling, and that’s how Marina came to be!
I hope you don’t mind reading what goes through my head and onto my surfaces as I explore my painting? I think blogging about it is as important as making journal pages, in that, unless you are looking over my shoulder (difficult, unless you can fly, as there’s no space for two of us to sit upstairs!), you’d have no idea how I arrive at a piece. If I did share every step, this post would be twice as long and you could probably read it to put you to sleep!
Now I shall go see all the other entries, feed the dogs and prepare dinner for us. I might even get time to continue with one of the other pieces I left drying upstairs!