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Looking Up

Sometimes I am brimming with ideas for artworks I want to paint. Often I am not. In our busy lives we don’t even have the time to create, express the ideas swimming around in our heads when we have them; how frustrating to have the time to create and no ideas to work with!

On such days I just haul out a variety of materials and experiment.

On this day I decided to try sand, water and paint. I don’t know where that idea came from, but I enjoy creating new textures to paint on, and wondered what these materials could do.









Outside I dumped sand onto paper, wet it, drew in it with my finger, then dropped concentrated watercolor paint onto it. Then I let it dry, and brushed off the sand.

(By the way, I kept the colored sand for another future experiment!)

That was really fun!



Here is what one of the dried works looked like- truly unique textures had been created. but it didn’t bring any inspiration for what to paint it into. It sat for months in my studio. I would periodically turn it in different directions, waiting for it to “tell me” what it wanted to be. One day it did.


The face I saw in the unfinished work was in an odd pose, not one I would have chosen myself. It was hard to get it right and make it look attractive; the view up someone’s nose is tricky to pull off! But the textures there for a head dress and hair were intriguing and fun to work with.


I used white ink with a pen to do much of the detailing. It took another rest until I saw what was needed to complete the head dress and veiling, then it came together.


Looking up was completed. She looks hopeful; that is a good way to look and to feel.

I hope your holidays were warm and wonderful. Mine were.

And I wish you a happy and creative New Year to be- Looking up!