Sunday, July 22, 2012

I Can Tell That His Side Of The Bed Is Empty

"Later, when I wake up, it takes me a while to grasp where I am, and even longer to figure out that I’ve lost time, that time has passed. The last thing I remember is like, making breakfast for him—and now, somehow, it’s late afternoon.
I’m lying here on my side, with the bedside lamp shedding a dim light behind me. I can tell that his side of the bed is empty. Why am I here? How did I get here? Why am I so dazed, so confused?"

This is a a watercolor painting I created a few years ago, on a non-absorbent sheet of paper called Yupo. It allows for lovely water puddles to happen on the page, which can drive you crazy if you have a meticulous, careful character. It is a great exercise to use this paper, because it invites you to relinquish control of every aspect of your creation. Only then can you discover the beauty of 'happy accidents'. Only then can you, as well as the watercolors, flow.

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    1. Thank you so much, Ey! You're so talented and gracious.

  2. I'm usually more of a poster/acrylic kind of person, but I love the watercolour effect here. The dreaminess of the cloud of confusion in contrast with the hard confusion on her face ... Thanks for letting us know about Yupo!

    1. My pleasure Claudine. It is an entirely different experience that painting with Acrylic, although you can simulate it by watering the paint down a lot or adding some media to make it flow.