Helen Brown presents a body of new work in her recognizable watercolor batik style during the month of July. The show theme, In a Perfect World…. suggests a ray of hope for what could be.
“I have been thinking a lot about our present situation with the pandemic, racial inequality, climate change, and at-risk youth. I do not claim to have any answers. My artwork is merely a patchwork of ideas and wishes for a better world.”
For instance, In a Perfect World…Hives Thrive depicts a healthy hive of pollinators. Mentors Make a Difference has an adult giving one-on-one instruction to a young wood turner. During the pandemic, Helen turned her attention to drawing and painting portraits as a way of expanding her repertoire of subject matter.
Helen works with watercolor on Japanese Ginwashi Rice Paper. She uses wax as a resist to control the watercolor on this highly absorbent paper. When finished with her batik painting, she attaches the rice paper to 300 lb. watercolor paper for framing.
A member of the Watercolor Society of Oregon Helen has won numerous state-wide awards. Her works have been published in Splash, The Best of Watercolor, a national publication. And she is a member of the High Desert Art League as well as being a working member of Tumalo Art Co. for over 15 years.
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“I enjoy the spontaneity of watercolor. When considering subjects to paint, I am drawn to those with interesting perspective and dramatic light. Elements that are meaningful to me personally call me to paint them. Patterns, texture and unusual shapes catch my attention. Though I love painting landscapes in watercolor, I will always paint whatever subjects grab my imagination.
While experimenting with papers I found that I love the texture and look of watercolor on ginwashi rice paper. In most of my paintings, I use a batik process where I apply a resist to the paper (either molten wax or liquid rubber latex) over previously applied colors that I really like. The resist preserves the color underneath from any further glazing. Whether on 300 lb watercolor paper, or rice paper, the result is a luminous, transparent painting.”
Helen Brown is a former French language instructor turned artist. She teaches watercolor painting and, addition to the Tumalo Art Co., she is a member of the High Desert Art League, and the Watercolor Society of Oregon. Helen has been the recipient of many awards for her watercolor landscape paintings, and many other subjects.