Driving America's Art Scene - Hunterdon County, NJ USA

Doris Ettlinger

Doris Ettlinger

Painting

From Clinton drive north on route 31. In 7 miles (12 minutes) you will find Imlaydale Road as the first right hand turn after crossing the bridge over the Musconetcong River.

 

I work with traditional media to make representational images. Creating the illusion of depth is still magical to me. When painting however, I want the behavior of watercolor pigment to be as important as the image. Watercolor requires careful thought before wetting the brush, courage when applying the paint, and restraint from fussing over it afterwards. If my subject is flowers, I want the color to flow from one to the other. I like every stroke to have a hard edge and a soft one. Images from my life are the most meaningful subjects, whether flowers from my garden, dogs in the neighborhood, or views of the Musconetcong River. Teaching watercolor has pushed me to learn new techniques and new ways of seeing. As a children’s book illustrator, I use careful drawing and watercolor to bring the author’s words to life. The new techniques or color theory I learn, crosses over into my book projects.