Michelle Forsyth’s work has taken a dramatic turn lately with regards to style and subject matter. The new series entitled Dark Watercolors & Weavings combines watercolor and colored pencil on paper, along with some hand stitching. They are gorgeous and intense and full of hyperfocused detail.

Dark Watercolor 004, 2012 (detail above) – in progress

The dark greys and blacks of the watercolors set the stage for the precise lines of the colored pencil on top. The hand stitching gives the pieces even more dimension and a tactile quality. To simplify it and call it fabric-like is almost demeaning since the pieces are achieved through meticulous attention to detail and a whole lot of patience.

Dark Watercolor 003, 2011

Dark Watercolor 003 (detail), 2011

Dark Watercolor 005, 2012 – in progress

Dark Watercolor 005 (detail), 2012 – in progress

Dark Watercolor 006, 2012

Dark Watercolor 009, 2012

Dark Watercolor 009 (detail), 2012

Dark Watercolor 011, 2012

Dark Watercolor 012, 2012

Michelle in studio

Photos by Michelle Forsyth and K. Baum.