This painting is a culmination of studies of clotheslines that I've done over the years .
Why clotheslines? I love everything about them visually because they encompass all that I want to experiment with in watercolor.: Light, shadow, luminosity, shape, form, and preserving the white of the paper. My challenge has been to paint the clothesline and fabrics, with all of their folds, textures, and shadow detail, while still maintaining the freedom and playfulness of the abstract.
When it comes down to it, that's what I strive to do in all of my paintings, because it enables me to get to the essence and power of the subject I'm painting.
The power in this painting is that it resonates emotionally with so many people on various levels. As soon as I posted it, people began messaging me about their memories of being with mom or grandma out in the backyard hanging laundry on the line, the fresh smell of cotton sheets after being dried in the sun all day. An old clothesline blowing in the wind seems to bring back universal childhood memories of a slower time when bright summer days stretched out like long shadows into evening.
This is the first painting in a series dealing with preserving whites and light, maintaining luminosity and playing loosely. I'll post more soon. Meanwhile, I'd love to hear about some of your "clothesline memories".