|'Man of the Hour' by Sarah-Lambert Cook, 6" x 18"|
I don't usually paint large pieces with watercolor--in fact, I never do. I'm more of a drawer, so if it's not a tiny piece, I tend towards colored pencils: specifically, Prismacolors. This time, however, I just felt like using watercolors. Maybe all of the tiny paintings have finally grabbed hold of me and turned my preferred medium into watercolor. I guess you could say it has been for a while since I haven't drawn with my colored pencils in over two years.
When I started I wasn't "going for" much of anything. I was listening to a few songs on repeat which really took hold of my thinking: Talking Heads "City of Dreams," Pearl Jam "Man of the Hour," Paul Simon "Slip Slidin' Away," Talking Heads "Dream Operator," Fleetwood Mac "Never Going Back Again," and The Cranberries, "Dreams." It all kind of made me nostalgic, so the imagery is largely from my childhood: the white porch corner is from my favorite place I ever lived in Bridgewater, Virginia, the albums scattered are some that were often played in the car when I was small, the green train case is one my brother carried his favorite things in for a long time when he was little, the silhouette of the town is where I lived in Kansas for years, but never really thought of as home, and the Blue Ridge mountains are where I would like to be home again, but they don't seem to be yet.
You can find the original painting for sale in my art shop here: Man of the Hour.