Edition Giclées from Original Veiled Watercolors
by Ken Goldman
watercolor painting is the brushing on of many layers
of thin washes, creating a tinted luminosity. This is
not to be confused with ordinary watercolor glazing,
in which a painting receives thirty or forty glazes.
A veil painter such as Ken Goldman applies hundreds
of layers. The resulting nuances of light and dark create
a depth not ordinarily found in paintings where colors
are placed side by side.
this style, Ken begins with color rather than trying
to capture a preconceived form. Unlike other kinds of
art, with veil painting, the interest is not what is
to be painted, rather how it is to be done. Working
with the laws of light, color and darkness, Ken only
begins to recognize form toward the end of the process.
Then the play of light and dark begins to suggest a
form, much as shifting clouds suggest recognizable shapes.
In a sense, each painting is a meditation and a surprise,
as Ken follows the subtle hints offered by the layers
of paint, and merely helps the metamorphosis of color
into a rose, an antelope, or maybe a dancing crane.