Noel E. Cole
watercolor, gouache, alcohol inks on Yupo paper
20″ x 26″
Noel Cole Art
“My students and I titled this piece Land Reef because at first glance, someone claimed that it looked botanical, like a reef in the ocean. Another disagreed, because of the brown leaf, and what looks like evidence of man and his tread marks, therefore it must pertain to land.
I have been teaching high school art for 34 years. I created Land Reef when I discovered Yupo Paper and demonstrated its unique properties to my students. I applied and lifted paint, stamped, and used various other printing techniques. I used several types of paint media: watercolor, tempera, alcohol inks. I also used metallic powders and Copic markers. I enjoyed working on this until I became stuck. I knew it needed something else, so I left it alone and put it away for a while. That was two years ago. I live and teach in a rural area where campus art classes would require a four hour round trip, so access to professional advice looked rather dim until I discovered your Crit Quickies!”