Welcome to the first post of 2020 at The Living Of Loving Blog. This watercolour of Emperor Penguins was started many years ago while I was wintering in Yuma, Arizona. Recently I did the little bit needed to finish it.
Have you ever left something and forgot about it? I find in my artistic work I have done this way too many times. So now I can share what I have finished and write about it here. 🙂
In this painting of the penguins, there are faint lines where the outline was drawn. When It came time to paint, however, I was captivated by the thought of leaving it open. This makes the focus of the bent necks (the heart shape) more focused over the little one.
I have been playing with hiding lines for most of my artistic life.
While I was in Arizona I was attracted to the simple outlines of the cave rock art. The problem was I didn’t want them to pop on the page. So I set out to see if I could submerge them in the picture plane. Here are a couple of examples of how I painted.
I wrote the following in my Artist Statement for my 2017 Parkside Show, The Little Birds That Fly.
“The outline of anything is an illusion. I play with form through the texture of colour. In some of my paintings, the form is revealed in seen and unseen parts – where it may submerge into, or sit on top the picture plane. This weaving of colour and form is found in movement. As an artist, I search to paint the radiant expression of Life, (beyond the container – the “outline”). Here I find the true identity of forms found in nature.”
I hope you enjoy reading my thoughts here on this. Perhaps you would like to add your own in the comments below. Either way, the nature of the Penguin painting “Between Here and Now” brings us to this present moment. Nature is more than its form. I strive to paint that.
©Katie Kidwell, 2020 The Living Of Loving
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Katie Kidwell is a cheerleader for creative hearts everywhere. With experience in music, writing and art. Her inspiring stories on the creative way she has lived are here on her blog “The Living Of Loving”. She also works as a commission artist.