The dust was starting to settle after experiencing a few challenging years, and it felt like I had the “go ahead” to get involved again in art shows and art markets. Previously, I had been involved with an artist group, and when I heard that they were having a show in a few weeks, I phoned the organizer and asked if there was any space for me. She said “Yes!”
I hadn’t been able to pursue any art for awhile so I didn’t have any new inventory to display. Besides, I longed for something fresh and new that was different from my oil paintings that were stored in my basement.
The clock was ticking. The Art show was three weeks away.
What was I to do? I asked God for help.
Within a short period of time, I remembered a Christmas when I made some painted cards for my two daughter-in-laws and how much fun I had doing them. I wondered how those little Abstract-Realism paintings would look on a bigger scale. I realized that art using watercolour, ink and paper which would be easier to do in my much smaller studio space. Besides, they’d be less smelly than the oil paints I used previously.
I decided to give it a try but added little “bubbles” to represent thankfulness for the divine help I received to that helped me get through those difficult years.
Why “Colour Captured. Line Anchored’? It’s about putting down loosely painted watercolour and then finding the individual colours and anchoring each with ink.
And so, that is how the series “Ascending” was born.
© 2020 Marlene Kallstrom-Barritt/Kallstrom Studio.