38x48" watercolor on Arches 140# cold press, sized and sealed with beeswax.
Hi TJH - I really like this - nice work. I like the composition/structure, the colours - it heralds springtime it's so cheerful.
I really like this painting TJH. Colors are very harmonious, the painting itself is massive in size, I can only imagine what kind of effect you get by looking at the real thing! :) Great job!
Thanks. I've been working big for a while but it is hard to paint something that is equally stunning up close and far away. I toyed with the idea of cutting it up and selling it in sections as the line and block intersections are very interesting in themselves. This one has it all. I'm very proud of myself. Ultramarine and Indian Yellow are two of my favorites right now. Most of the greens are a mix of the two. I also used quinacridone gold, cadmium green, cadmium yellow light, black, and emerald.
The entire thing was painted vertically. I had a rough composition in mind when I started but it really painted it's self. I used a method I had honed on some non-objective paintings whereby I let heavily pigmented drops of watercolor roll down the paper. It takes a day or two to get the drops to form a grid with concentration in the right places. Once I think I've got it it's just a matter of patiently filling in the blocks.
LOL, I recommend this to anyone who wants to get a feel for watercolor. Most of the colors were applied only once but I went back and adjusted a few of the blues at the end. Very tedious but rewarding. It took about 35 hours to paint and a couple more to seal.
TJH, is this painted or woven? Did you paint it to appear as if it was woven?
Margo Schwirian Fine Art
Painted. Watercolor on paper. I hadn't thought about textiles. If anything I was reminded of mosaic work while I was doing this.
That is amazing. To me it looks as if it was woven.
Here are two that I did leading up to it. The nonobjective (24x36) one is fourth in a series and the abstract cityscape (26x48) started out as nonobjective and and quickly transformed into what it is now. I think one of the great things about starting a painting like this, without a preconceived composition is that they paint themselves. The sunflower painting was my first attempt at making the grid compliment a composition.
Wonderful work! The structure, color variation and various use of different
tints, color placement and composition make this work very interesting and
Here are a few submissions for the cooperative bloom show.
Day Lily 24x48"
Orchids and Vase 24x36"
TJH5, these are great!
These look very interesting & original Trevor. It would be really cool if we could see photos of the steps you take to create one of these paintings!
My process involves laying in the deliberate lines with a brush and then once I'm confident there is enough form, I put in the random perpindicular lines by letting the pigment drip down the paper. I keep the deliberate lines as wet as I can so that when the random lines intersect them they tend to merge and follow them. Once the lines are on I go ahead and start filling in the blocks. It takes me a full day to lay in the lines on a 24"x36" painting and 3-4 more days to fill in the blocks and get my values right.
I appreciate the comment on originality. In a world where so many people are trying to express themselves in so many ways it's hard to claim to be the first to do anything.
Appreciate the info Trevor. I look forward to seeing more of your work.