New Terrain

New Terrain

You posing for me
Brush caressing paper
Paint flowing freely
Following the flow of your form
You slipping away
Leaving the tracery of our sweet conspiracy…

~ words by @artvaughan

November, 2010….

I have always admired figurative painters…am drawn to the languid lines of the body, the shapes and shadows at play. There are so many artists who do this with such elegance and ease…I am always in awe (yes…. @jerryshawback I am speaking about you) yet I’ve been so fearful of exploring this unknown terrain. I’ve always been more comfortable when imagining the human form in natural elements of the landscape around me, such as seeing the feminine in the curvy bark of a tree, the sway of hips in the flowing hillside or female grace in the rolling ocean waves. I believe I capture abstracted human elements well in my own style. But I have shied away from actually attempting to paint/capture the human body. Until now. Initially inspired by a stunning black and white photograph of a reclining nude that I saw on Chris Weige’s Posterous ( @Reckon ) I picked up a pencil and began to sketch. I asked my friend @artvaughan, an accomplished poet, for some inspirational poetic words to keep the Muse close at hand. His words came through just as I was completing my watercolor…I read them and went silent. Evocative prose, capturing my very loose sketch and watercolor play with an eerie clarity, I felt. Those words made me smile and are the serendipitous catalyst behind my willingness to share my first attempt at figurative painting.

Original Watercolor ©Michelle Rummel

Feel Your way

Feel Your way

Feel Your Way….slide, sink, slink, climb, crawl, float, glide….
Navigate by instinct.
The hell with the map…

I was creatively prolific in early 2010 when this painting came to be, grateful for the inspiration and the ease in which the paintings were flowing from my fingertips. At that time, there were many unexpected changes in my life, most notably a significant change in direction in regard to my art, my fine art business, the way in which I created and the types of designs that truly resonated with me and which I wanted to paint. It was a personal journey with no clear roadmap. I learned to rely on my own internal voice time and time again, even when it was seemingly leading me waaaay off the logical path and into scary new terrain. I wrote the prophetic words that accompanied this painting back in 2010 with no concept of where I would be standing only a few short years later , building a brand and a thriving art licensing business…  a magnificent journey in its own right. It shows me that anything and everything is possible….Instinct is often the most valuable sense we hold. Hold it close…hold it dear.

Words and Original Watercolor © Michelle Rummel

Sea Major

Sea Major

About 4 years ago, Kat Ostrow (@katost) posted some gorgeous photographs of sand and ocean landscapes from her trip to Cannon Beach. The images instantly struck a chord with me and I asked Kat for her permission to try my hand at capturing the feel and essence of the textural sand and reflective water of her beloved beach through my watercolor brush. It was a pleasure to abstractly re imagine the lines of sand and tide and then to share along with so many from our art community on twitter. The comment thread from this particular painting was generous and rich and it inspired me to continue on my artistic journey, wherever it may lead. A lovely reminder of the power of words.

Original Watercolor ©Michelle Rummel