Cityscape watercolor

Cityscape watercolor

A landscape practice and a few lessons learned.

Happy Sunday! πŸ™‚

As I started working on this painting I quickly realized that things weren’t going as planned. When I dropped color on my damp watercolor paper I could see that my timing was off. My plan was to create distant trees but that was not what was happening. I was disappointed at first but continued on and did not fight it.

Lesson learned: Go with the flow and allow the painting to guide you.

Chilly Cityscape watercolor

Chilly CityscapeΒ  9 x 12 inch watercolor

I continued dropping in color and resisted the urge to fix things.

Stepping back I could see an unexpected cityscape with buildings and trees. What a happy surprise. Things didn’t go as initially planned but that’s ok. I learned a lot from this exercise and in the end I love the cityscape painting that resulted.

Lesson learned: Watercolor sometimes delivers a happy surprise.

I plan on keeping this painting near my desk as a reminder of these important lessons. πŸ™‚

I hope you are inspired to create art and do what you love. Thank you for stopping by and following along.Β Until next time, share a smile and have a great week.

Happy Painting!

Patty Anne

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Author: pattyanneart

An artist in love with watercolor painting and photography. On a journey to share art and happiness.

18 thoughts on “Cityscape watercolor”

  1. I am also finding this more and more with watercolour.

    At the weekend I’d decided that a painting was completely failing, but rather than chuck away the decent paper I decided to use it as a test-bed for trying out a few techniques and just hacking around with it. Now it looks better than I thought it ever would, so it’s got a reprieve from the recycling at the moment – may be temporary but I would never have been flinging the paint around if I were serious about it and wouldn’t have had some kind intervention from “The Watercolour Gods”.

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