I sometimes work in series. Whenever I paint, my brain is always thinking "what if"? What if I change the colors, reposition the objects, use pouring instead of brushwork? Working in series allows me to explore the many possibilities in a subject. The catch for me is to not let myself get obsessively stuck on one thing, or to get stale. The two paintings above were attempts to paint my cat, Albert. I love to garden, and Albert likes to nap half hidden under the foliage. I'm not the best weeder, and often my tomato patch takes on the appearance of a jungle. He has startled me on numerous occasions while reaching through the leaves to pick the tomatoes. Although I like the sunny quality of version I, I kept thinking about possible changes I could make. In painting II, I darkened the darks, changed the foreground, and added tomatoes. Which is your favorite? Both paintings are for sale--$400 for either, unframed.
Marsha Reeves is a watercolor painter living in Kerrville, Texas