Sun Worship

My first adventure in watercolor on aquabord began on April 1st 2016, just over a month ago. For an artist there is nothing more exciting and frightening than a clean white surface waiting to be painted. While i have done a few watercolor paintings in the past, they were either on paper or illustration board, not kaolin clay. Unlike the scratchboard which was ultra smooth, the white kaolin clay of the aquabord is lightly textured. Even though I’m fairly experienced as an oil painter, watercolor has always intimidated me because you can’t rework it the way you can oil. But I’ve been determined to immerse myself in this beautiful medium for some time. I’ve always admired watercolor artists greatly, and love the delicate beauty of washes and subtle shifts of color that look so effortless draw me in and excite my imagination.

So there I was April fools day starting to put down my first wash on my new 5×7 inch painting. There was water, paint, and coffee involved. What emerged is a painting of the Sun Goddess, which is detailed above, and the full image is below. After a few short painting sessions it was done, and to my great satisfaction.

Sun Goddess Symbol by artist Beth Hansen-Buth

Worshipping the Sun Goddess for spring. Watercolor on archival clay on hardboard.

Now it’s mid May, and I’m so happy to be able to share my newest artwork. It is the dawn of a new day artistically for me. Last week I posted a painting which featured a sun which I painted ten years ago, and told my own tale of two trees. As I looked forward to posting this painting, I was so inspired, and wrote the following poem:

Sun Worship

When I was young I worshipped the sun
I lay alone, breeze caressing
clouds cooling my warmed skin
held in nature’s womb.

Her rays brighten closed eyes
mind resting, floating heavily
limbs languid, rolling slowly
to repeat my worship
on the other side
(c) Beth Hansen-Buth 2016

Some notes on art techniques and materials:
I did use some colored pencil to outline the figure of the goddess, which I then painted over with watercolor, which softened the rough crayon look. I made use of the nature of the surface to lift the paint to form the rays, first with brush and water, and then with a scratch tool to remove dried paint. The heart wasn’t planned, she just seemed to need one. I think the Sun Goddess will always hold a special place in my heart going forward, for she has given me the courage to shine and share my artwork that I love so much.