WaterCOLOR

Cynthia Maniglia #WorldWatercolorMonth WaterCOLOR on 65 lb paper
Cynthia Maniglia #WorldWatercolorMonth WaterCOLOR on 65 lb paper

Watercolor on 65 lb. sketchbook paper

#WorldWatercolorMonth

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Today’s watercolor sketchbook page

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cynthia maniglia | sand salt moon | watercolor and gesso
cynthia maniglia | sand salt moon | watercolor sketchbook.jpg
cynthia maniglia | sand salt moon | watercolor sketchbook
cynthia maniglia | sand salt moon | watercolor and gesso.jpg
cynthia maniglia | sand salt moon | in my watercolor sketchbook today

Watercolor, gesso … and a little water soluble marker and turquoise satin acrylic paint too. Mixing it up. Happy. Painting without any references. Thinking of patterns and textiles.

 

Variegated Ginger Plant

Ginger plant - watercolor and gesso by Cynthia ManigliaImpromptu variegated ginger plant painting tonight – unwinding from a long week and looking forward to a day off my favorite way … with art! I There are lots of ways to execute this plant’s uniquely marked leaves with paint and color, shape and forms. I’d like to return to this subject again. For now, here’s my stab at it.

Painting the ginger plant

Ginger plant - Florida

Trio

1 of 3 - CYNTHIA MANIGLIA
1 of 3 – CYNTHIA MANIGLIA
2 OF 3 - CYNTHIA MANIGLIA
2 OF 3 – CYNTHIA MANIGLIA
3 OF 3 - CYNTHIA MANIGLIA
3 OF 3 – CYNTHIA MANIGLIA

I bought some new neon pencils at Barnes and Noble and tried them out tonight. I thought they’d show up better when I scanned my artwork, but no – they didn’t. So I was fooling around with the scanned images to try to see if I could bring them up. I call these Trio – and they are numbered. I really like 1 of 3. And I like looking at all three of them together …

TRIO for social

Reminds me of confetti, and facets on gems – the geometric shapes and candy colors.

Pale, shimmer, shine

Blue Orchid – art print available on Society6 by C. Maniglia – watercolor

Untitled

This watercolor was inspired by a beautiful, exotic orchid I saw in the flower shop the other day. While I had a photo of the bloom on my cell phone, I painted from memory. I didn’t use any yellow in my abstract rendering, although the flower, as you can see in the photograph, does have yellow in its center.

This next piece was painted with shimmery, metallic watercolors and regular watercolors with a beach-y feel. The starfish shapes and pale pearlescent whites remind me of the seashore.
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This next piece was done in neutral shades of shimmery gray and brown/greens. I want to call it “Nature” or “Camp,” for some reason.WP_20151028_008Finally, this last piece is just a little study of evergreen leaves and berries. I love the pale blue/green with tinges of purple in the berries. They have a sheer, shimmery feel to them.WP_20151027_013

We’ll have just about everything packed and ready to go by Friday/Saturday.

Thanks for all of your well wishes for our move to Florida! It’s going to be quite the adventure.

Tonight

Tonight’s work didn’t go as planned. But from this watercolor and water soluble marker painting …

FALL FIREWORKS - CYNTHIA MANIGLIA
FALL FIREWORKS – CYNTHIA MANIGLIA

I got this … (recolored in Affinity Designer)

BLUE AND PLUM MUMS - C. MANIGLIA
BLUE AND PLUM MUMS – C. MANIGLIA

Then I made this, recoloring yet again and cropping on the computer …

RED MUMS

And I am sharing this abstract I did a couple of days ago, which the folks on Society6 seem to like a lot for some reason.
It kind of looks like stained glass …

GEO TURQ AND CORRAL TERRAIN BY C. MANIGLIA
GEO TURQ AND CORAL TERRAIN BY C. MANIGLIA

All mixed media.

I’m itching to go back to straight watercolor. I love switching gears and just doing whatever I feel like. Sometimes, things don’t go as planned.

For instance, that top image began with a benign but rather pretty watercolor, shown here with my paints. It was light and airy. But after photographing it, I felt it needed more depth and interest. Then I thought I overworked it in the version above. Am I mad at myself? No, because then I wouldn’t have got that get blue and plum version of it when I imported it into the computer and recolored it using Affinity Designer. I did take the time to scan the original version in oranges, pinks and yellows, so I have a digital image of it if I want to go back to it. That’s the beauty of photographing your work (or scanning it) at various stages. You always have references to go back to, if needed. I, on the other hand, don’t like to do anything twice AND I rarely throw out my work. So, like Barry Comer once commented, I’ll “do anything for a good result.” Even if it means going in and using nail polish on the work, as I’ve done in the past. And, I’ve noticed, beauty is in the eye of the beholder … what one person likes, another may not, and vice versa. I try to please myself first. Otherwise, this whole artistic process would not be as satisfying or fun or exciting to me. I like when I get surprises, as I did with the blue and plum version of my top painting. That was a treat, very unexpected. I was just fooling around with the levels, gamma, and blending modes in Affinity Designer and boom, wow, there it was – a softer, gentler version of my “Fall Fireworks” painting.

WP_20151017_004And I did do this little pine cone thing in my Moleskin, too …

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So it’s all good in my book! Speaking of books, my watercolor sketchbook is nearly finished – there’s only a few pages left, and then it’s onto a new one (good thing I have one waiting in the wings).

“Bubbles, Flowers, and Lace”

Watercolor and gold metallic ink. Pastel colors remind me of bubbles. That one flower in the middle has a 3-D effect to me. And the cross-hatching, netting, and negative white spaces are intended to evoke the look and feel of lace.

Watercolor and metallic ink - by Cynthia Maniglia 2015
Watercolor and metallic ink – by Cynthia Maniglia 2015

Have a terrific day!