Artistic growth through experiments and feigned courage. A new watercolor.

I’m feeling brave today (must be my new haircut), so I’m finally posting this ink and watercolor piece that I’ve been avoiding sharing for some reason.

Earlier this year, after months of working on commissions, I found myself itching to do some experimenting with ink and watercolor. When applied wet-on-wet, the two materials can sometimes create interesting effects, and I wanted to play around and see I could discover.

So, I made this. I’m not sure if you can call it abstract or not. It was inspired by quilts, patterns, and batik fabric. It’s a celebration of color, negative space, and interacting shapes. The whole endeavor was an illuminating exercise in finding the courage to forge ahead, daily, on a project that I wasn’t sure would result in anything successful.

Abstract ink and watercolor painting by Jacque Oman Clinton. Inspired by quilts and batik fabric.But hey – I think it WAS successful! A worthwhile experiment, indeed. Now we’ll just have to see where things go from here!

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Skyline Painting

Here’s an informal photo from my studio featuring my most recent painting. It was commissioned by my brother-in-law to hang in his NYC apartment.

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I’m curious what other people “read” into this painting. For me, the drips represent several things. On a basic level, they remind me of the subway system, since they are dripping down beneath the skyline and because the colors remind me of those used on subway maps. But they also represent the individual lives of all the people that come in and out of the city, both daily and over the course of history. Each line is different, like people, and each follows its own path, the same way we each chart our own course through life. Some of the drips end up pairing up and joining paths. Their colors combine and become something new. And some of the drips break off from others and find a different way. It’s the drippy network of humans coming and going in the world — a representation of the way each person spreads their influence from one place to another through communicating, traveling, and connecting along the way.

 

 

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