…I slowly found my way. The day was mine and the light was beautiful.
Original ink and watercolor ©Michelle Rummel / Shell Artistree LLC www.shellrummel.com
It began with a massive reorganization of my files in an effort to make sense of the hundreds of visual images that I tuck away over time. Swatches of color… honey golds, watery blues, mossy greens. Images of flowing lines, petals, leaves, light, love. Some will be used as reference for new collections down the road. Others will get pinned to my studio bulletin board simply because I like to look at beautiful things:))
In the midst of all this eye candy, an ocean coastline photograph that a friend had posted online floated to the forefront of my vision. An instant pull, a voice inside… “paint me”…. So I did. I pushed scraps of paper aside, made room for my watercolor pad and began a very loose and quick rendering. As always, I painted what I felt far more than what I actually saw… usual for me, my mind brings me there and it’s different somehow. More so, the place I imagine it to be.
It’s been a while since paint flowed with ease and oh, it felt so good. And so I kept going, taking advantage of the calm and the quiet. Wrapped warm by the soft light over my shoulder, a fashion illustration inspired piece emerged from my ink pen.. I quickly painted a dress on her that I would wear… I piled her hair on top of her head and enjoyed the satisfying feeling of designing a look, a mood with simple line, minimal color and easy brushwork. Within minutes of starting, as breathing was a deep and steady sympatico…I felt her complete and I put the brush down.
And then I ate a proper lunch, because a girl’s gotta eat.
Not bad, for a Tuesday;))
And full [filled].
Inspired by the color of the ocean, the saltiness of the sea, the curve of a polished seashell.
The lingering effects of saltwater on skin… a very good day ~
Original ink and watercolor ©Michelle Rummel