TGIF: Afternoon Garden

Afternoon Garden by Karen Gadient, 2015

My second “FingerPaintingFriday”: watercolor and gouache on watercolor paper. Done entirely with fingers (and a nail or two). The red dots for flowers were done by placing a dot of paint on a fingertip and dabbing―clean and repeat. This one, I let dry and scanned, although the red wasn’t so bright once dry, alas.

The paper size was only 4 x 6 inches. Postcard size. Too tiny for fingerprinted foliage, really… so, it’s messy, but hey―it was fun. :D

Inspiration was the recent plant sale at Desert Botanical Garden, where David found some nice tall cactus for the porch and a huge jade plant for his office.

Enjoy your weekend, friends!

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Experimental Art: ‘Color Falls’

Color Falls by Karen Gadient, 2015

Sometimes my art experiments don’t end up as I’d hoped―but they’re still colorful and interesting enough to share… so I’ll post these ‘sketchbook’ experiments for you here. This one was a mix of scanned watercolor and ink plus digital doodling. Hope you’ve been having a good March!

It’s not an experiment if you know it’s going to work. ― Jeff Bezos

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TGIF: Painting with Fingers

TGIF 1 by Karen Gadient, 2015

Another thing I’ve been thinking about: themes for otherwise-unplanned art creation. Purely for relaxation and play. This one is fingerpainting! I actually did it with student grade watercolor on watercolor paper―but totally with my fingers and nothing else (okay, a touch of water here and there… with fingers, of course). I’m calling the activity “FingerPaintingFriday”.

Maybe something like this can later be worked into a ‘real’ artwork as a layer or with the addition of ink, acrylic, or digital painting. Even if not, it’s fun all by itself. I didn’t even let it dry before taking a picture. :)

Not a bad way to start a weekend. Have a great one, friends!

We don’t stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing. ― George Bernard Shaw

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Kaleidoscopes

Kaleidoscopes 1 by Karen Gadient, 2015

Since I’ve been participating in #KaleidoSaturday for a few weeks now, I figured I’d share some of those kaleidoscopes on my blog. Maybe I’ll post them here occasionally―at least the ones I think turned out best. :)

Play is the only way the highest intelligence of humankind can unfold.
― Joseph Chilton Pearce

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Warm Ink

Warm Ink by Karen Gadient, 2015

Warm Ink. For a print and other items, please click the image.

All colours will agree in the dark. ― Francis Bacon

Not the most complex artwork from usually-obsessive me, but I’m sick with a chest cold right now and work is moving slowly. This one was made with a fountain pen (60-year-old nib), then set over scanned pastel digitally.

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Tranquil Flux

Tranquil Flux by Karen Gadient, 2015

Tranquil Flux. For a larger version and print, please click the image.

Something a little different. Mixed media: ink, paint, and digital.

The most exquisite paradox… as soon as you give it all up, you can have it all. As long as you want power, you can’t have it. The minute you don’t want power, you’ll have more than you ever dreamed possible. ― Ram Dass

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Decibel

Decibel by Karen Gadient, 2015

Decibel. For a print and many other items, please click the image.

Another experiment, adding red this time. Although it’s mostly digital, I’ve been playing with real ink this week, plus I’ve got fresh box of vivid pastels arriving on my doorstep in a few days. Hope you have a fun weekend!

Tones sound, and roar and storm about me until I have set them down in notes.
― Ludwig van Beethoven

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