Artists have been inspired by the world around us and nature since the beginning of time, starting with the first cave painting. Seasons and weather, in general, have become associated with particular feelings and emotions. A sunny day can radiate warmth and happy feelings, while a rainy day is typically associated with feelings of sadness or sorrow. Rain is often called gray or even a lazy day for some. Not to say you can’t have light-hearted or happy feelings associated with rain, such as an exciting dance in the rain. When artists paint sceneries with rain, those emotions and more are transmitted. While viewing the following rain-themed paintings, what emotions do you feel, what do you think the artist is trying to convey?
Which is your favorite?
Art Project: Rainy day wax-resist watercolor painting
Step 1: Using a white oil pastel or crayon, draw your image on your cardstock. Remember, whatever you draw in white will stay white. For your first drawing, try and create a simple rainfall.
Step 2: Using watercolors, apply the paint to the whole page. Where the white pastel or crayon is will stay white. For a rainy, background try using blues and purple. Start small with a few strokes and add more as you go.
Step 3: Make a more complex rain-themed scene once you get the hang of the resist style art. Add objects and even people to your painting to make it more dynamic and interesting.