i thought you'd enjoy a little background info about this new series of abstract watercolor paintings i've been working on. you can see them individually on my Saatchi gallery. they started off as experiments in colour and as i finished off several of them, i noticed that the colours had some specific geographical roots.
"Meanderings, No. 1" and "Meanderings, No. 2" have definite roots in the winters of Wisconsin. my years in Madison taught me to survive the stark cold colourlessness of the Wisconsin winter, yet i found so much beauty in those winters and i hope the small bits of colour coming through reflect that.
"Meanderings, No.3" and "Meanderings, No. 4" were inspired by my recent visits to the beaches of Massachusetts. rather than focusing on the water, i was drawn to the rocks that were being washed by the waves.
"Meanderings, No. 5", "Meanderings, No. 6" and "Meanderings, No. 7" so clearly have their roots in my years in Kenya. the browns, reds and yellows will always evoke my childhood there, but i think the vibrancy of the colours are from looking back with the lenses of memory. Kenya will always be a place of beautiful bright colours.
these paintings are also about the process. most of the time, i start out a painting or art piece with a definite finished image in mind. with this series, i had some idea, but left the colours to spread as they wanted to with the spreading of the water. it was really freeing to not be concerned about how the colours would spread and to find surprising interesting details in the way the colours bled into one another.
the days have been cold and bleak here, so i have been filling my mind with all the colours you see here. hope they bring a spot of colour into your day as well. :)