"They" say not to put something on line unless it is your best work. That is probably true for my website with paintings to sell. I think my blog is a place for keeping my journal and learning. After all, I post my wonky sketches and wipe off paintings.
Yesterday I played in watercolor. Very frustrating .. no that's not the right word, maybe difficult or challenging. Close. It is lack of practice and learning that make watercolor painting difficult.
Trial and error teach you:
- How much water to use
- When to add more paint -- working wet into wet or let it dry
- What makes color bloom - get weird edges like flowers
- How strong each color is and what it looks like when dry
- Which paints are opaque and which are transparent
- Some colors have bits of pigment in them so leave a texture
Hopefully I already know the basics of painting:
- How to show distance
- Highlights and shadows
I used watercolor to take part in the Water Media July Challenge on creativespark.art. I painted from a sunset photo provided by CaliAnn. My painting is much less vibrant than the photo. My painting resulted in lighter colors so less dramatic. I have never painted a sunset with watercolor and rarely in pastels, oils or acrylics. But I'll take some credit ... I did play in the water!
about 9 x 10 inches in the Canson Watercolor sketchbook 9 x 12 inches