Friday, December 14, 2012

Tell Me . . . What Do You See??

9x12 mixed media on watercolor paper

Who knew it could be so much fun to paint with a squeegee!  Lou gave a an extra one he had from home depot (which btw is a great place to look for painting tools!)  and I wasn't sure if I would ever use it.  I quickly gave it a try on watercolor paper using a limited palette of payne's gray, quin nickel azo gold, and some titanium white.  These are colors I don't normally use together but I was inspired by a lesson in Misty Mawn's online class "Open Studio"  and thought I would give it a whirl.  

I only used my hands to lay down the initial layer of colors and then started scraping with the plastic scraper thingy.  I was nervous at first wondering how much of it I would mess up as I just randomly scraped away, blending and removing color all at the same time.  It also came in handy to scratch some lines which I often love to do.  

I was just about to add another layer over it because I did not like it at all when my husband came in and said he liked it.  He told me to leave it overnight and look at it with fresh eyes in the morning.  Pretty good advice.  He told me he saw a white house, and I realized I saw a bird in the center.  I also see a waterfall in the right lower corner.  When I posted this on facebook a friend told me he saw a nativity scene!

This is what I love most about painting abstract . . . each person who looks at it sees something different.  I love the discoveries!!  I love the images that just show up!

So now its  your turn.  What do you see??

Sharing at Paint Party Friday



  1. I love these colors together- it makes ME think of Midnight in Paris when they are meeting at the cafe....and I agree that that's the fun part of abstract is what each person sees! Now I want to see that movie!
    Happy PPF,

  2. I see a lake and woods in the background ~ lovely color combination and such wonderful energy in the painting ~

    (A Creative Harbor) aka ArtMuseDog and Carol ^_^

  3. This is fantastic, I see a city street, in the older, rundown but still charming part of a city. Love all the layers and color. Happy PPF!

  4. I see a swamp and a figure in the background clearly, I love your art is good. Saludos

  5. I actually see trees and roots. :)
    Love that this is so open to interpretation!
    Happy PPF!!
    Mixed-Media Map Art

  6. wow this is such a fab abstract. I keep coming back to look at it and see different things each time. Happy PPF, Annette x

  7. It looks like a person in the middle with a little dog on the left. Great painting!! Aren't hubby's so smart! Happy PPF!

  8. I see water in the forground-perhaps the Seine in paris and the dark and busy city pictured behind it.... what a fascinating painting-love it!!!

  9. I love painting like that - no pressure and there are surprises when you are done. I do see the lady (Mary) in the middle. Lovely

  10. I sa a busy city street with tall buildings and people busy on a rainy street! love it!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    cheers, dana

  11. Love those scratches and how the three colours work together. I see a big figure in the middle of the painting, and 2 smaller figures on the right and another face on the bottom. But then I always see faces and figures everywhere ... ☺

  12. Great painting, I like the colour combination, just the right amount of each to create a good balance. I see a tall figure in the middle and a tiny dog by his side on the right

  13. I see light through the window of an abandoned wood house... Happy belated PPF!

  14. What fun you had creating! Wonderful result!