Paint Lab – Week 3 – Dreams

"Up From The Roots"

Rebecca Hamilton Stockdill, Up From the Roots, 2016

Kim and I have made it to week 3! This week’s project was inspired by the artwork of Keren Kroul.  Our assignment was to keep a dream log and create a painting based on our dreams.  I think the intent behind the project is to get us to use our imagination and not to be bound by realism.  While not specifically based on a dream, my painting tries to blur the lines between reality and fantasy, for a surreal effect.  It was actually, in part, based on a book I read as a child called “Above the Root”.

Kroul, Keren, Detail, Where matter becomes conscious, watercolor on paper, 22″ x 30″, 2013.

Kim’s watercolor painting shows a whimsical scene of resting birds, a hot air balloon floating among the clouds, and a dreaming young woman.  I love the swirls on the bird’s tails!

Kimberly Sammartino, 2016

Kimberly Sammartino, A Whimsical Dream, 2016

I really like the way the Keren Kroul left a lot of white, negative space in her paintings, rather than filling up the whole paper with color.  I tried to incorporate that same style into my painting.   I used ink and watercolor on 18″ x 24″ paper for this piece, and I’ve included a picture of the sketch before I painted, as well as, some close up shots of the details.

Raw Sketch

I sketched in pencil and ink before painting

Here are some close up images the branches of the tree:

Owl and Girl Meditating

Owl and Girl Meditating

Snake and Hawk

Snake and Hawk

Squirrel

Squirrel

Bird Feeding Babies

Bird Feeding Babies

Here are some close ups of what is going on beneath the ground:

Chipmunk with Babies

Chipmunk with Babies

Skeleton and Ant Colony

Skeleton and Ants

Coffin

Coffin

 

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