I am finally painting again. I almost forgot how but feels good to spend time with my watercolors again. I have been busy with my flower photography and painting got away from me. I’ve come to discover that I am not one that does well when staying with any other medium at a time except watercolors. This includes photography. I loved pastels and am still going to explore them partially but something about watercolors provides me with such a different experience that I just love. This girl started in my journal and took a life all her own and I love when that happens. Fall and winter is my absolute favorite time of the year and our fall foliage is late this year but finally happening and she and the one who painted her is so inspired by this, and all of the beauty that surrounds it. She was created with Schminke and Jane Davenports peerless watercolors.
Since I have started to art journal, I am surprised to to go back to my previous art work and find that these were created at the same time but a year apart. It’s how I feel, I’m longing for Fall. From left to right first one is 8/16, second is 8/17, third is 7/27.
When I started painting, a lot of the paintings I were attracted too, were in groups that were related to art journaling. I never got it and I didn’t understand it. At that time, how can you spend so much time on art that gets hidden or that the world doesn’t see. I couldn’t wrap my head around it but loved the art and the artists creating it. My classes began. As I started painting something started happening, something changed inside me. More and more emotions were coming out that I didn’t know were even present. Suddenly I totally understand why art journaling made so many people happy and why so many people were doing it. It wasn’t for anyone else, it’s for the artist. I am so grateful to now know this because I fought it for a long time because (or so I thought) because I always had better things to do. Now it’s one of the most important things I do because I know how much it helps me, and how much I need it.
There are so many things I have learned in the past several years that I could write a book, but one thing is for sure, what I am painting not only represents these changes of where I have come from, it also shows where I am striving to go.
This is my latest work in progress and I’m loving the process. She is created from watercolors and mostly mermaid markers. These mermaid markers by Jane Davenport use to scare me so much but not there is just something so rewarding and amazing when I use them to create. I love watching the colors blend and it can be done so many different ways. I love watercolors so much and creating this way, it brings out the little girl in me who loves to play in the water. When I think back a year ago of how I wanted to use these and how I am using them now, I am so glad I pushed through all those ugly phases and continued working with them. She is not completed and is a work in progress but I can already see what she is becoming and am excited to continue the process and play in the colors!!
Karen Leigh Studios will be participating once again in Carroll County Arts Council 16th Members Art show. This show is free and open to the public. Opening Reception is Thursday, May 10th from 5:30 – 7:30 pm. Come out and see all of the members wonderful art works! Art will be displayed from May 4 – August 3.
More Details below:
On View May 4 – August 3, 2018
Opening Reception: Thursday, May 10, 5:30-7:30 pm
This annual favorite showcases the artistic talents of the Carroll County Arts Council’s members. Featuring a wide range of styles and mediums including painting, drawing, photography, sculpture, and fine crafts, these works will be on view in the Arts Center’s Tevis Gallery, Community Gallery, and Director’s Hall Gallery. All works are for sale.
Cash prizes awarded in memory of Ruth Gray.
Sponsor (s): Tevis Energy
Cost: Free and open to the public
Location: The Carroll Arts Center, 91 West Main Street, Westminster, MD, 21157 View Google Map
Forest Dreams girl was originally started as a project to replace one of my earlier girls that is currently framed and on our dining room wall. She is my first watercolor girl I have created and created her for our dining room but have wanted to update her for awhile. Forest Dreams took on a life of her own and while I do not think she will end up being the replacement, I am happy with who she became. Forest Dreams is available to purchase on my website and coming to Etsy soon!
I am always trying new things, I think I always will be. I get an idea, I get inspired, I want to express it and I want to paint it. Blossom Girl started in my art journal and just kept going. Blossom was created with Daniel Smith watercolors and Jane Davenport mermaid markers.