Little Sparks

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It’s a sleepy, quiet, solitary day of painting back in my studio.  I am paying close attention to those little sparks within…I find I often come back to drawing/painting figurative works. I am drawn to faces, necks, hair and lips. I don’t always get the lines or the proportion right, but there is something familiar and pleasing just in the trying. I do often use photographs for reference but more often than not, at some point in the process I veer far off reference point and just let my hand and imagination lead the way. Always an element of organic abstraction… intricate detailing…watery colors, controlled… and yet, I do try to let watercolors just be watercolors and do their thing, too. It’s the sweetest dance between ink and water and although she doesn’t look like me, she becomes a true portrait of me at my creative happiest…

In this moment, I am fulfilled.

Original Ink and watercolor painting… ©Michelle Rummel / Shellartistree LLC  / Shellrummel.com

Absorbing The Blue

Absorbing The Blue

 

No tentative toes testing for ice
No need to dip fingertips twice
To know…
Yeah, it’s cold.

But the current seduces and before you know it you are sucked in, fast.
Past the shores you slip
In and out of consciousness.
If only you slept this deeply…

Letting go, feel the sea flow fulfill.
Rejoice… No choice
But to lay arched back, buoyed…
Absorbing the blue ~

Original watercolor ©Michelle Rummel

Disrobe

Disrobe

An ink and watercolor from earlier in the year, inspired by an evocative photographic portrait that caught my eye. I painted her, leaving my own touches within the lines of her. I’ve repainted her several times as there were things about her (overzealous ink work…oh, so unforgiving;) that have bothered my eye from the beginning…and yet this version, the first, still my favorite, flaws and all.

Floating her into the stream for #portraitnovember ~

Original Watercolor ©Michelle Rummel

I Just Need a Moment ~

I Just Need a Moment ~

“As happens sometimes, a moment settled and hovered and remained for much more than a moment. And sound stopped and movement stopped for much, much more than a moment.” ~ John Steinbeck

Painted a couple of years ago and intended as a quick study…a loose play of graphite line and a splash of watercolor on paper, a moment was all it took to capture the essence of what I was feeling. The camera wasn’t so lucky….paper saturated, buckled, like my knees and so you’ll simply have to imagine it more cleanly than the shadowy image actually presents here.

The night I painted this, I fell asleep with still images of this painting scrolling through my mind. I saw this piece and others like it, large…larger than anything I have ever painted before. A big canvas, with her colors splashed and dripping and flowing. It’s been years since I’ve painted with acrylics or oils, but I can’t help but feel like this was a clear sign leading the way…time will tell. Anyone who knows me well knows that I tend to shy away from clearly marked paths. Sometimes, it’s hard to be me.

*I just need a moment…*

I have uttered this phrase often in my real world life…significant, those 5 words, when spoken. Please let me catch my breath, refocus my mind, regain clarity, pause….or…float;) a while in peace. We all have these moments, they are not mine alone. Universal, I believe, the overwhelming need to occasionally lay down in the clay… let your colors drip and flow and let the earth absorb your raw emotion and cradle you, for just a moment…or two.

Original Watercolor ©Michelle Rummel