This was a tough winter, not just climatically, but artistically. Living in the South, I'm used to Spring starting to happen in February, and look forward to planting my garden and driving around looking at nature. Not this year! Winter stayed very late, while my garden tools gathered dust in the garage. My attempts at painting all went awry, No one will ever see those, except as recycled collages! I tried looking through my store of photos for inspiration, but nothing seemed right.
Then I hit on the idea of painting my frustration. I realized that I had been spending waaaaay too much time staring out the kitchen window looking at sleet and rain. The potted tulips I always buy as an early harbinger of spring were starting to look ragged, Household chores were piling up(depressing, ugh), and the little light that was coming through the windows was filtered through rain and frost. The composition for "Not Quite Spring" was born.
The most difficult part was depicting the light coming through grungy, frosty, rain-drippy windows. I used salt to create some of the 'frost" patterns. In addition, I dropped rubbing alcohol into the wet paint in places to create disturbed areas that might be ice crystals, and ran beads of water down the window area of the painting. I was careful not to paint too evenly, and to concentrate the pigments around the edges of the window panes, letting the winter "light" shine through the rest.
"Not Quite Spring", 10 1/2" x 14 1/2".
Marsha Reeves is a watercolor painter living in Austin, Texas