Downsizing Decisions – Mixed Media painting
I found this pink house in California on Catalina Island. It was everything darling, with a collection of bird houses, bougainvillea, and brilliant pink shadows. I just wanted to paint this stuff together, but multiple sketches using the rambler shape didn’t cut it. I finally flipped the building into a vertical angle adding an unrealistic story & a half to put these items into a workable composition. Then there was a chicken…. It simply didn’t belong with the canaries, but it was so funny to me. The accidental yellow bird flying away kicked everything into high gear and I reached out to my mixed media to play it up even more.
This painting utilizes watercolor, watercolor pencil, and gouache is painted on 300 lb. rag watercolor paper. A grid is drawn in changing colors. The painting is in a simple off white mat with a white silver wood moulding.