Wednesday, August 26, 2009

pushing color

This little series I've been showing you in the past week is all from my traveling sketchbook.
I brought it with me on my recent trip to Australia to capture more purposefully (than with a camera alone) what I saw there.
I have learned that the visual memories go straight to the hard drive of my brain when I sit and draw or paint what I see.
I experience a more purposeful type of observing than with a camera alone.


This painting depicts the early evening sky in Byron Bay, New South Wales.
I've mentioned earlier how the light has a golden quality in Australia.
The clear air and angle of the sun (it's in the north of the sky) and perhaps the reflection of both a vast body of blue water and a vast body of red earth abiding peacefully side by side and cushioned with a belt of pure green .... these are my un-scientific explanations for the difference in the quality of light.
Whatever it may be .... the place is called Oz for good reason.
It's over the rainbow.

15 comments:

ooglebloops said...

You make me want to try watercolor again - but I know I would disappoint myself - can't seem to get what is in my mind's eye - or right in front of me, to translate!! Yours is beautiful!!!!

Linda said...

Your painting is beautiful. I love the colors. Great job.

Elizabeth said...

It's amazing how something as delicate as watercolor can convey such power. Beautiful, Kim!

laurel said...

Lovin your travel art!

*jean* said...

kimmie - i have really enjoyed your delightful watercolors....i'm so glad you had a good trip! what a lucky duck you are!

thanks for sharing!

Rosie said...

Perfect - so much more atmospheric than a photo. I love watercolours too - have you used a black pen or something for the drawing??

Terri Kahrs said...

I love your watercolors, Kimmie. So beautiful! Hugs, Terri

Beverly Ash Gilbert said...

What intense, pure colors. I'm envious that you can record what you see, not just with a camera, but also with your hands.

paperpedaler said...

This is a beautiful way to record your vacation memories. This will certainly be a trip that you will never forget.

~*~Magpie's Nest said...

absolutely LOVE tipping my toes into OZ by way of your words and artwork....simply wonderful Kimmie!

Gaby Bee said...

Your painting looks gorgeous.
Have a wonderful upcoming weekend!
Gaby xo

Catharina Maria said...

I love , love , love it !
All the things you made are great for me , I can not painting .
xox Rini

Renee Howell said...

such beautiful art - lovely in color, shape and story. I'm inspired for this weekend - which is my time for creative art.

Renee Howell said...

such beautiful art - lovely in color, shape and story. I'm inspired for this weekend - which is my time for creative art.

elk said...

you will have these over the rainbow memories forever now because of your art!