A hand as light as water.

When you grow up stabbing Wonder Woman’s outline on empty cigarette cartons with a ballpoint, you don’t develop a light hand. I remember proudly darkening the outlines on all my trees, apples, houses and sunflowers in art class, thinking it made them look neater.

I walked by a Chinese calligraphy exhibit last month and realized that the arm and the body had to flow, like ink and water did. An chubby old lady in a ruffled pink blouse looked like an odd ballerina as she described rivers on a six foot-wide scroll with a giant brush.

I only have a small Moleskine watercolor notebook and a tiny #2 brush, but when I can shape the folds of a pair of jeans in one watery squiggle, I allow myself an invisible bow to an invisible, appreciative audience.

Scrambling

Waiting at the gate

  • http://forloveandidleness.blogspot.com sophie_vf

    very appreciative audience! these are magical.

  • http://toyingwithlight.wordpress.com/ Ruby

    Absolutely gorgeous! I like how casual and flowy the strokes look. You rock!

  • http://www.bleubug.com TAO

    I like the colors and composition. Nice!

  • http://www.robotninjamonsters.blogspot.com/ Alberto

    The fresh and lovely feel of these watercolor sketches can’t be ignored.