Last May I did several experimental paintings with alcohol ink on Yupo paper to inspire me a new creative direction. Of these, two paintings particularly caught my attention and could give birth to a new series. Today, I show you “Petits mots doux” (Sweet Nothing), a painting with large surfaces lightly stained with inks.

"Petits mots doux" (Sweet Nothing) Alcohol ink and acrylic on Yupo paper. 10x10 in (25,4 x 25,4 cm) May 2015. © 2015, Louise Lamirande.

“Petits mots doux” (Sweet Nothing)
Alcohol ink and acrylic on Yupo paper. 10×10 in (25,4 x 25,4 cm)
May 2015.
© 2015, Louise Lamirande.

Sweetness

I like the soft and sweet feel coming from this painting. The vivid colors at the upper left corner bring vigor to the painting and create a nice contrast with the subtle nuances of the stained surfaces. The simplicity of the composition lightens up the whole.

Closeup from the mixed media painting on Yupo: "Petits mots doux" (Sweet Nothing). May 2015. © 2015, Louise Lamirande.

Closeup from the mixed media painting on Yupo: “Petits mots doux” (Sweet Nothing).
May 2015.
© 2015, Louise Lamirande.

Simplicity and Ease

Despite what you might believe, simplicity in painting is not synonymous of ease. A composition or rendering looking simple, also mean that every detail is quite obvious. It is impossible to cover up a mistake, especially when working with transparent inks (here: Adirondack from Ranger).

Closeup from the mixed media painting on Yupo: "Petits mots doux" (Sweet Nothing). May 2015. © 2015, Louise Lamirande.

Closeup from the mixed media painting on Yupo: “Petits mots doux” (Sweet Nothing).
May 2015.
© 2015, Louise Lamirande.

One more Paradox

The simplicity attracts me as much as I find it difficult to master. It takes me out of my comfort zone, which is not a bad thing by the way. I aspire to the simplicity since a long time, but I dissociate from it most of the time. After all, it is not the only paradox I’m experiencing 😉

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