Wild Countryside

  • The Wild Countryside project is a two-phase process: first, create an 4 ft x 4 ft repeat in a 2 x 2 matrix; next, take one 4 ft x 4 ft repeat unit and reproduce it in 8 - 10 colors. In the first part, dozens of watercolor/gouache paintings of flowers, trees, bushes, etc. were created. These original paintings were then photocopied, cut, and assembled to create the 8 ft x 8 ft grid.
  • Sample of watercolor/gouache paintings created.
  • The final product: the 4 ft x 4 ft repeat in a 2x2 layout.
  • For scale.
  • Detail from 8 ft x 8 ft layout.
  • Detail from 8 ft x 8 ft layout.
  • Detail from 8 ft x 8 ft layout.
  • Starting the second phase, a palette was created and colors were compared against one another.
  • The palette is finalzed to 7 colors, with black and white as well.
  • I created a concept board to investigate different ways of adding a pointillism texture, whether it was dots, dashes, and/or lines of the same or varying sizes. I found myself very inspired by the work of Josef Frank.
  • Trying out different colors and pointillism techniques.
  • Beginning the painting process of phase 2 - the color-reduced 4 ft x 4 ft repeat.
  • About 50% finished with phase 2.
     
  • Nearly finished with phase 2.
     
  • Painting complete, with addition of pointillism texture.
  • Details of completed painting.