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 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. 🙂
I hope you are inspired to create art and do what you love. Thank you for stopping by and following along. Until next time, share a smile and have a great week.
A little landscape practice with an exercise from Zoltan Szabo’s book, 70 Favorite Watercolor Techniques.
Happy Sunday! 🙂
Beyond the Meadow – 9 x 12 inch Bee watercolor paper
The flowering tree in this landscape caught my eye. It looked like a good exercise to practice painting trees using the wet on wet technique so I decided to give it a try.
While painting the distant trees I reminded myself to leave enough white space for the flowering tree in the foreground. I was pleasantly surprised with the depth that I was able to achieve with this landscape and how quickly it all came together.
It feels calm and peaceful, I love that. 🙂
I hope you enjoy seeing my work and are inspired to create art and do what you love. Thank you for stopping by and following along. Until next time, share a smile and have a great week.
Painted while standing instead of sitting, it was a nice change.
My first attempt was a good practice. One problem that stands out is that there are not enough dark values. What I really like in this painting though is the feeling of movement in the grass and weeds.
Reflection at the shore – 9 x 12 inch Bee watercolor paper
Then my second attempt… a very different result, darker and bolder.
Probably went a little too far with dark values this time, a little over correction. 😉
Reflection at the shore 2 – 9 x 12 inch Bee watercolor paper
Before starting the first painting, I had to hush that little voice telling me that I could not do this. I realized that I just had to get out of my own way and go for it. In the end, I had fun and learned something. That makes me happy. 🙂
I hope you are inspired to create art and do what you love. Thank you for stopping by and following along. Until next time, share a simile and sprinkle kindness all around.
A blue feather watercolor and a few photos at the lake.
Ahhhh, my happy place and my favorite shades of blue for you today.
A wet on wet watercolor painting…
Just a simple feather out of my imagination with lots of yummy blues. 🙂
At one point I really thought this painting was not going to work out but I kept on going. On the last wash I threw caution to the wind and really punched up the blue color. After it dried I was so happy that I did not fuss with it, that is usually where things go wrong for me.
This pair of Mallard ducks out for an evening swim just stole my heart.
The blue reflection from the paddle boat on shore was stunning.
Sunset views like this just take my breath away.
I couldn’t stay for long enjoying this view. The mosquitoes were out in force and tried to take my phone away and push me in the lake. 😉
The clouds reflecting on the lake were pretty amazing too. ❤
I am so blessed to be able to get away and enjoy this view at the lake from time to time.
Thank you for stopping by and following along. I hope you find time to create art and do something you love. Until next time, have a great week.