Monday, September 27, 2010

Sand and water



I've been trying different fish prints on different papers to see how they work.   I can't reveal the whole piece as I want to keep it as part of the final exhibition, but you can see enough here to understand the technique and what I'm trying to achieve.

This is a peek at a long narrow piece with bluegills printed on watercolour paper in raw sienna ink.  I then flooded the paper with watercolour that enhanced the natural colours of the fish and while it was wet, I sprinkled fine sand over the lower surface.


The sand doesn't absorb pigment and water as salt grains would, but disperses it evenly giving a soft effect to the piece.  The sand does stick to the paper and adds texture, but I'll need to rub it off before framing or it will have its own little beach behind glass!

13 comments:

Elizabeth Seaver said...

Love it. The watery color is so effective. I hope we'll get to see the whole piece soon.

Olivia said...

Sand and water is so interesting Jeanette ! Colors are also beautiful. We can see this fish swimming again !
Wonderful work!

Lisa Le Quelenec said...

I love the beautiful subtlety of this, the colouring is perfect.

Casey Klahn said...

Very intriguing! Wonderful image.

RHCarpenter said...

I wouldn't normally say this, but what a handsome fish! Your creativity - how you keep expanding your materials as you work along - is inspiring. And your work ethic is to be admired, too.

Jeanette said...

thanks Elizabeth, once I have everything in place and ready for an exhibition I'll do some kind of virtual exhibit on line as well so people can see them all together.

Olivia, j'aime essayer de rendre les poissons deviennent tout à nouveau après l'impression. Il ne cesse jamais de me surprendre ce qui peut être fait.

Lisa, thank you. I start out with some of the colours of the fish itself then it just sort of takes over :)

Thanks Casey. I wish I could show more, but all will be revealed eventually.

Rhonda, I adore these little bluegills. They are my favourite fish.

Part of this project is exploration of mediums and supports - and fish prints so I hope I can continue to learn and grow as I go.

D.D said...

It's already coming out so nicely. Eagerly waiting for the final result. Thank you for sharing the process.

SKIZO said...

Thank you for sharing
This fabulous work with us
Good creations

sue said...

Jeanette, these are all awesome--haven't seen your work in a bit--I haven't had the time to check out all my favorite blogs, but this is beautiful!

Nick said...

great piece, and very natural look to it

Jeanette said...

Always my pleasure DD. I'm glad you enjoy it.

Thanks Skizo.

Sue, thanks. I enjoy creating the shapes and textures in these.

Nick thank you. I'm crossing from realism to impressionism and back again, hoping to land somewhere in the middle with these.

jane minter said...

this is so beautiful jeanette ..both texture and colours ...the starfish will be a fantastic subject too .

Alex K said...

Just beautiful!!!