JoAnne Hauser Warren • Cuba City, WI • Watercolor

My world is a mixture of fantasy and reality, it is a world where color and light rule. In it I can escape to catch snowflakes on a frosty morning or bask in the glow of a tropical sunset. Painting is my escape from the stressful world we live in. I use color to express my feelings about a subject, to convey my many moods, and most importantly to communicate with the viewer and share my passion.
   

"I have my own

little corner of

the world

where color

dances in the

moonlight

and laughter

echoes in the

wind"

   

I use the therapeutic powers of color to create a "feel-good" world where viewers can relax and re-energize. When I'm feeling depressed I dip my brush into a lively bright shade of red or a happy yellow. If I'm feeling anxious or really stressed out I reach for calming blues, greens and violets, and in no time at all I feel the tension between my shoulder blades melting away.

Watercolor is my

medium,

but c o l o r is my

language.

Sometimes I whisper

and

sometimes I SHOUT!!!

City Night Lights
Watercolor

My painting method is different from most watercolorists in that I mix my pigments directly on the paper rather than on the palette. While this method is more risky, it results in lively radiant color and keeps the painting process spontaneous. Once I've laid down my initial color I mix other hues into it right on the paper (while it's still wet) keeping my brushstrokes loose to avoid over mixing, letting the colors mix and mingle on their own, creating exciting luminous combinations while still maintaining a bit of their own separate identities. While I do plan ahead, I try to stay open to what is happening before me on the paper, going with the flow and letting it determine the direction the painting will take. For maximum impact I leave out any extraneous detail, push the envelope on color and overemphasize light and shadow to create a sense of drama. Hopefully I connect with the viewer moving them to.smile...laugh.. linger..relax..unwind..enjoy..remember..reflect..react......respond!

 

 

 

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