My name is Allison Spreadborough. I’m a watercolor artist and Sacramento native. Plein air painting is a passion as is painting intuitively from a nature-inspired prompt. I create landscapes to express my fascination with the ability of nature to quiet the mind and invoke a sense of wonder.
When painting outdoors, I begin with a small compositional value sketch which I transfer to cotton paper. I start painting with a wet-into-wet technique which entails painting with moist paint on wet paper. It’s exciting to see what happens as granulating and dye based pigments mingle and to see how evaporation impacts each section of the painting. There’s a lot of serendipity involved with working wet-into-wet.
I typically paint in a style which I call Dreamy Expressionism meets California Regionalism. California Regionalism celebrates a loose and abstracted blend of East and West influences such as brush calligraphy, simplicity, bold color and symbolism. Later, in the studio, I problem solve the painting in an over-head mirror to critique any issues. Although this watercolor technique is unpredictable, the process feels freeing and the creative potential is infinite.