Wednesday, May 1, 2013

splash and splatter

Shoreline VI
watercolor on cold pressed paper
5.5 x 7.5 inches
©Ann Thompson Nemcosky

As you can see, I am still fascinated with painting the surf. The movement and color, a captured moment. Although with this one I tried a more subdued palette - is that possible for me? And I experimented with a bit of splatter, where I discovered that you can indeed splatter masking fluid, just don't expect to ever use that brush for anything else ever again. I have since picked up a couple of cheap toothbrushes for my splattering fun.

9 comments:

. said...

This makes me itch for the beach and to finally be able to put my feet in the water.

Beautiful piece, lots of brilliant movement in it and I love that splatter. I have worked with water colours for years and I hate to say this, but I have never used or tried the masking fluid...
How does it work?

Diahn Ott said...

Gorgeous, Ann! I love all the movement in the water - such lovely colors and tones. Makes me want to be right there, chair edged up to the swash zone, feet in the water!

Ann said...

Thank you Mari! I find masking fluid very difficult to use and control. If you haven't used it by now you may not need to. I am using it on these pieces to preserve the whites, so I can put in washes of color without the worry of losing those white foamy bits. If you do try it, just make sure you dedicate a brush for masking fluid only.

Thanks Diahn! So nice to see you here! I'd like to be right there too, but since I can't, I suppose painting it is the next best thing :-)

CrimsonLeaves said...

Such beautiful wave action, Ann! I don't seem to have a problem cleaning the masking fluid from brushes and one of my favorite pieces in one in wish I splattered masking fluid in such fine drops for a winter snowfall scene.

Katherine Thomas said...

I am so impressed with the way you portray water and waves. I could study your pieces for hours, honestly. They are expressive and full of movement. You give that water a personality, that's really remarkable!

Debbie Nolan said...

Ann - this is so beautiful...great idea about using the masking fluid...it certainly does ruin brushes though...sounds like a good idea with toothbrushes. Thanks for sharing.

debra morris said...

Perfect sea again Ann....great effect. I might have to pick up some masking fluid and have a play myself. Thanks for the inspiration

Jennifer Rose Phillip said...

i love your surf paintings :D This was is full of so much movement

Hugh said...

Wow! Very nice surf and I want to try this with masking fluid when I get brave enough.

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