Here I present my efforts produced in a previous month along with selected commentaries originally published on my Facebook page and Instagram stream. These are my immediate reactions and thought processes right after finishing a painting.

Complete gallery of works painted in the month of April can be found at the end of this post. All works are available upon request.

Commentaries

April 1

Today I wanted to do something much more simple, open, flat and delicate. I used a very limited palette and a 2 inch synthetic brush for those crisp edges. I did very little layering in order to keep my washes clean.

©2017 Daniel Novotny. Watercolor on Paper, 11 x 15 in.
©2017 Daniel Novotny. Watercolor on Paper, 11 x 15 in.

April 3

Exploring color. Two colors, three hues. Great fun!

©2017 Daniel Novotny. Watercolor on Paper, 11 x 15 in.
©2017 Daniel Novotny. Watercolor on Paper, 11 x 15 in.

April 4

Trying something a little different today. Adjusted my value pattern and used only analogous colors. Not sure it works as is but I will definitely go at it again tomorrow after a bit more thought.

©2017 Daniel Novotny. Watercolor on Paper, 11 x 15 in.
©2017 Daniel Novotny. Watercolor on Paper, 11 x 15 in.

April 6

Today I set out to paint a single idea and I executed it precisely as intended. The only issue I have encountered is that the Alizarin Crimson I used instead of Permanent Rose – which I ran out of – is not as high chroma as I required. The contrast therefore is not as pronounced as I planned. Otherwise I’m happy with the result.

©2017 Daniel Novotny. Watercolor on Paper, 11 x 15 in.
©2017 Daniel Novotny. Watercolor on Paper, 11 x 15 in.

April 14

It feels so good to be back at my painting table again after several days of illness. Painting refreshes me and energizes both body and mind.

©2017 Daniel Novotny. Watercolor on Paper, 11 x 15 in.
©2017 Daniel Novotny. Watercolor on Paper, 11 x 15 in.

April 15

My interest today was mainly in color. Nearly all colors used were high chroma hues mixed with white only.
I have made a slight adjustment to my shapes but that was not an improvement. There’s one more thing I’d like to try in the next one. The previous painting was overall a better painting. The directions were more dramatic and the interaction of positive and negative was more pleasing.

©2017 Daniel Novotny. Watercolor on Paper, 11 x 15 in.
©2017 Daniel Novotny. Watercolor on Paper, 11 x 15 in.

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