We all have them hidden away. The pieces of art that we once were so excited about, but never quite finished. Maybe life got in the way at that moment, or maybe we hit a creative block and did not know quite what to do to finish it up.
I had one such piece that I recently discovered when cleaning and reorganizing my studio. I remembered it's creation well. I was at a Springmaid Watercolor Workshop at Myrtle Beach. I had been working on my "Imagination Series". (Done during a period of time when trying to overcome my workaholic tendencies of my career and reduce my stressful lifestyle, by drawing every night)
I would start out with a contour line drawing of a plant or flower. Once I had a few lines on the page, I would look at them and complete the drawing with whatever my imagination told me to do, without holding back when something seemed to be too unusual. It was a wonderful creative time. I completed over 40 drawings that I then made into watercolors. In turn these drawings were made into my first coloring book, "Imagine" available at www.plumislanderart.etsy.com
It was during this period that I was at this workshop. Sitting up in my bed one evening, I looked down at the comforter covering the bed and started a contour drawing on a large sheet of watercolor paper.
In the contours of the fabric, I started to see a figure and, well, the rest just went on from there...
The workshop was with Ted Nuttall, who is a wonderful portrait watercolorist. Doing my imagination work after class was a release from the intense work of the day.
I never quite knew how to complete the face, and put it away on my shelf. A year and a half later, I took out a piece of tracing paper and sketched out a few options. I looked up some images of profiles to use as reference and before you know it, her face emerged.
Feeling quite satisfied with the results, i framed her up and she now hangs in our bathroom.
Just for fun, I have also included the portrait I finished that week. Quite a difference in style, wouldn't you say?...
"Winged Lady Liberty" 14" x 20" ink & watercolor on arches hot press watercolor paper
"Mother and son" 18" x 24" watercolor on arches hot press watercolor paper