sometimes I am inspired to practice something done by someone else, these watercolor jewels are one of them. They are not my design but they captured my interest and so I decided to add them to my practice list.
I am trying different things, different subject matter, looser painting approaches. Whatever inspires me. These jewels were just fun and I wanted to capture them in paint as the original artist did. They were fun to paint, think I may try some more of my own design
wouldn’t it be nice if you could capture that moment, something soft and romantic that has the emotion of what went into your day! Some times it all goes by so fast it’s almost a blur, you spend so much time preparing….and a keepsake of that day would be nice to hang on your wall.
watercolor wedding dress……
then a little paying around with color
more dresses to come!
Ok, so this journey of painting whatever I like this year is about just doing it, and just posting it! The good and the not so good. It’s about painting for the bin, as Jean Haines would say! It’s about getting thru the trying and the mistakes and putting them all out there. Why you may ask?
Well in the past, I had some issues, I tend to only want to show the good stuff, the stuff that comes out nice, I had a lot of self editing and judgment and that self editing got in my way. It was disabling in many ways. I suppose it was a lot of not so useful inside talk, a bit of perfectionism and a way to protect myself from any kind of judgment from other people. See what crap we keep in our heads!
It got in the way of me playing freely, of experimenting and of just being ok with the journey. Rationally, I know in my head that it’s ok to not be perfect, but somewhere along the way I got the crazy notion stuck in my head that everything had to be great before I showed it to the world. I am sure I am not the only creative person who judges themselves like that.
This year has been one of getting past some old demons, and it is time for the art demon to be gone! And I am making the journey this year about playing with every supply I have ( and I have a lot) and having fun and putting it out there. Just because that’s what I need to do! for me! and to find the great in my creative self !
One of the things I did to help my creative side was to rent a studio space outside my house. When I decided to rent a studio , little did I know it would be the best thing I ever did. I paint more freely, it’s like my own little space in the universe no one can bother me in. . All there is to do in my studio is fall into painting, and I love it!
And now I go there as much as I can and just paint. And then come here and post about it.
Todays painting is another CHICKEN! A bit different than the last, i fiddled with it a bit more, I was trying to capture the delicate gaze and the soft white feathers around the red skin of the facial area.
Yesterdays CHICKEN! I was trying to be a bit more loose in the painting style, and capture the drippy style that you see.
I have been working and trying different styles of watercolor seeing what I like and trying to find myself in them.My favorite artists are Jean Haines, Judy Betts, John Lovett. I like loose, but not too loose, for me it is a mix between loose and a bit of control. Still working on the happy medium.
Tomorrow is another day! Another Chicken