Go with the flow

Featured Artist Lee Weiss

"Cliff and Birds", Lee Weiss, Watercolor
Lee Weiss is a Dolphin Fellow of the American Watercolor Society, and also a member of the National Watercolor Society; Watercolor USA Society; Wisconsin Academy of Sciences, Arts and Letters; and Wisconsin Painters and Sculptors. Her paintings have received many awards and hang in public and private collections, including the National Air and Space Museum and the Smithsonian American Art Museum in Washington, DC, and the National Academy of Design, in New York, NY. View more of Leeís work at www.leeweiss.com.

Artist Statement Mother Nature is exceedingly generous. Every subject has a season, a time of day, growth and change. Iíve always been drawn to nature as subject matter. When I had an opportunity to get out in it, I trained myself to remember the essence of what impressed me. I found myself concentrating on close-ups rather than scenery. Since I paint the remembered image, I am open to noticing new aspects. Itís about creating, not recreating.

I always work wet-in-wet. Often what happens on the wet paper as the wet pigment fuses into it is far more beautiful than what was in my mind, and I can literally go with the flow. I almost always mix my colors, prefering large
brushes to lay in an abstract base using warm and cool, light and dark elements of composition in a loose fashion, knowing that some pigments float and others sink, giving lovely color separations at the edges.

I sometimes use a mono-print technique derived from applying paint to wet paper, turning it face down while still wet onto a slick surface, wetting the back side, and painting on that. I remember in general what was on the other side and either augment that or introduce new color to complement or contrast when I flip the paper over again, picking up on the second side what was deposited on the table by the first. This can be repeated two or three times until an interesting texture is achieved on which I can build a ďrealĒ painting.
The rest of the time, depending on the paper, itís direct painting on one side only. Because I canít think small and watercolor can look thin on extended surfaces, I have developed other means of adding texture and interest, such as flicking water or pigment with a wet brush.

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