Painted from multiple photos, this is the county fair at its best: late afternoon sun, hills, and woods in the background; the smell of hot dogs in the air; lots of teen angst on display.
I love the process of putting down what I see, of finding the poetry of place.
Sketching is the beginning of the process for me. The idea is in my head; the sketch expresses the structure of that idea. Working through small sketches in a sketchbook is just something I do until it seems right, like playing the piano, hitting just the right note. I often do a relatively technical drawing before painting, trying to find a pattern to connect the shapes.
Watercolor is at its best if one can relax and let the paint take the lead…that’s my goal. My favorite paintings are those that tell a story, enlisting the viewers to study them and develop their own interpretations.
Kit Paulsen was born in Knoxville, Tennessee, in the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. She grew up hiking, fishing, and exploring; her love of the outdoors and infatuation with drawing began as a youngster.
A Summa Cum Laude graduate of the University of Tennessee with a double major in Design and Painting, she worked in advertising as an Art Director for 15 years.
Kit is a member of the Pittsburgh Society of Illustrators, the Virginia Watercolor Society, and the Fredericksburg Center for Creative Arts. She is represented by Art First Gallery in Fredericksburg, VA, where she and her husband have recently moved. Her illustrations grace the pages of a new poetry and short storybook, “Play Onwards," by Joseph Flara.
She is beginning a series of paintings all about the beach. Fredericksburg has a plethora of water views waiting to be painted, from youngsters tubing on the rocky Rappahannock to wide-open vistas on the Potomac, where the foggy shape in the distance across the water is Maryland. The rosy skin tones against blue water intrigue her, and the layers and layers of sweaty, loud, and minimally dressed beachgoers are proving to be beautiful in watercolor.