Abstract Fish

Today I decided to just splash some color on the page to see what happened. I didn’t have a plan for what I wanted to do, except that I wanted to see how many different ways I could move and manipulate the color on the page.

I started by spraying clear water from my spray bottle onto the paper. Next, I splashed relatively concentrated shades of red, yellow and purple onto the wet paper. I then blew it across the page in several different areas.

As that started to dry, I splashed clear water on the paper, which created some light spots. That seemed like fun, so I splashed some color on the paper as well.

There were some puddles of color on the paper, so I used my finger to pull them across the page. When everything was dry, I stopped and looked at the paper to see if any shapes jumped out at me. The best I could come up with was fish.

I made somewhat of an outline of a two fish, and stuck some loose eyes on them. Then, I took a fan brush and dipped half of it in red and half in yellow to double-load it (I learned that from Bob Ross! 🙂 ) I used the brush to create some simple fin shapes.

Personally I don’t think it came out looking much like fish, but it is colorful! I had a lot of fun playing with the paint to see what it could do. I particularly like the effect that was created on the fins with the double-loaded brush. I think doing a painting like this is a great way to get a better feel for what the paint is capable of. Plus, it’s a lot of fun just messing around with no clear idea of where you are heading.


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