Creativity Workshop Responses: The Unconventional Route

In the June issue of Watercolor Artist, Juanita Hagberg challenged readers to go the unconventional route with their watermedia paintings and use a textured surface to loosen up the painting process. We are now pleased to announce that the editors’ choice and the winner of our prize is Marty Ratigan of Dunedin, Florida, for his painting, Shape Shifter (pictured above, watercolor and mixed media on paper, 22×30).

Ratigan remarks of the painting process, “My approach came from a sense of frustration. I had invested in some expensive watercolor paper and had a hard time adjusting to its charateristics. After painting on both sides, I wasn’t happy with either, so I put down some newspaper and dumped some heavy body gesso over one side. I then put down as many types of white as I could find, such as lace paper, tissue paper, and handmade paper. Then I made marks in the gesso with pallet knives and an old, cut up credit card. Finally, I let it dry. I then poured watercolor paints over the entire surface. Once that was dry, I did some reverse dry brush. Using a bit of water on my brush, I lifted some paint from the raised gessoed areas. Lastly, I added darker paint to develop the composition. I was so pleased with the outcome that I have since done others that were not even rescues of bad paintings!”

Congratulations to our winner and all those who entered their work! For details about the next Creativity Workshop challenge, or to learn how to enter your work for a chance to win the prize, click here.





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One thought on “Creativity Workshop Responses: The Unconventional Route

  1. juanita hagberg

    Dear Marty,
    Congratualations on being chosen the winner of the “Creativiity Challenge” for June 2011. I am delighted that you tried adding paper to a surface to increase texture and abstraction. Your painting “ShapeShifter” has a lot of movement, color, and seems to convey an upbeat mood. It was good that you included your darks to finish the piece. I’m glad that you are experiementing further with this process.
    Continued success!
    Juanita Hagberg