People always ask me for “my process”. But the truth is , when it comes to my watercolor originals, its less a process and more an experience. I like to paint what i know, what i have encountered, whether diving , hiking, fishing , or stories of mermaids swimming thru my head. Each is a personal reality, and hopefully i can interpret the inspiration into a watercolor.
I don’t really like to work from photos. They tend to distract me from the emotion of my painting. Technic takes over….not so good, for me or the piece .
I would rather paint a memory ,than reality. The weight of that awareness fills my head with color, movement ,and life. Hopefully, others too become a part of that remembrance , seeing their own life’s experience in my artwork.
To smile , reflect, and remember all those things that make you alive, whether sad or beautiful, its all one thing, life. That is what my art means to me,…. my process.
When i went to school i thought i would be working in oils. Unfortunately, i broke out in rashes, horrible itching ones!! So, watercolor became my medium. Of course i hated it!! but soon i learned to do new things and make it my own.
H/P : Stands for the style of matting i cut and put on my prints, even my originals. I cut 2 to 4 mattes for my prints, attach to the image and than paint out with watercolor. All original work, freestyle, unique. Sometimes I paint designs on the matte, like the 4 corner work on “To The Moon” or ” When Dragons fly” . Other times, i continue out an image and add even more, like “Running The Sound” or “Midnight Snack” finishing up the images and adding even more. These pieces are complicated and alot of work. Being watercolor , things can and do go wrong. There is no fixing them , just incorporating, if I can. Roy , my husband and best friend, than goes ahead and frames them out . Roy and I also work on our stained glass together. He is an incredible cutter, and a bit of a perfectionist. We enjoy firing each other now and then.
Washes: I get this question all the time. What is the difference between a wash and a h/p? Its pretty simple. H/P have wider mattes, multiple mattes ( up to 4 or 5) sometimes, and have alot more extensive painting on them. Where as a wash framed ,or unframed wash, has a narrower matting, simpler design, and usually only a double matt with the image’s background colors painted on it in a wash of color.( hence the name “wash” ) Less work and simpler. So the cost is alot less for the customer. The nice thing is i can add design work to them, not alot , but some. Better yet, people can purchase several washes , if they are on a “art” budget ,and have a grouping. More fun hanging their walls !!
I use salt in my work, lots of saturated pigment, heavy watercolor paper.. 300 lana, or twinrocker.
I like lightfast watercolors, use glass or acrylic when framing, and all conservation matting and foamcore.
My husband roy and I have been full-time working with my art, and now our glass, for 16 years. We like to think we work so hard so our pups, Kolohe and Makani Kai , get all the toys they “need” .
Email if i can answer any questions. woof woof karla