I apologize to those who have been following me faithfully at this blog, but I’m going to stop posting here. I hope you will jump ship and join me every day at my other Life Imitates Doodles blog.
For several years now, I’ve been posting exactly the same thing to both blogs. I did this because many people were having problems reading the other blog. With the advancements of technology, and reading the numbers on this blog, I don’t think that is the case anymore. It takes time to keep this blog going, and I think the time would be better spent elsewhere.
I regret any inconvenience this might cause.
Another quick wash. I didn’t stay that close with details, but this was inspired by a photo shared by Mona Lundeburg in the Facebook group, Deliberately Creative.
Done with Winsor Newton Professional pan paints on Arches Watercolor. I wish I’d had Permanent Rose (it’s in the mail), but I used a mixes of Cobalt Blue, Ultramarine Blue, Alizarin Crimson and Dioxine Purple for the sky, and mixes of Ultramarine Blue, Burnt Sienna and Dioxine Purple of the trees. Brushes were 1 inch flat and size 8 round.
July is World Watercolor Month, and the challenge is to paint a watercolor every day. I’m already woefully behind, but I did manage to do a 5-minute wash yesterday, even though I was on the road for most of it.
If you are interested in seeing what others are doing you can join the World Watercolor Month Facebook group. There are some truly awesome works being posted there.
A few days ago I gave someone some advice when we were talking about finding our style (hi Betsy!). I told her that if there was something she did consistently, that she wished she wouldn’t, she should embrace it because that was her style trying to come out.
Well. I still stand by the advice, but you do have to learn how to get the best out of what you consistently do. I don’t often do buildings, and I wasn’t sure how to go about doing this one so I just kind of went at it. I ended up doing all those things that I kind of wish I didn’t do. I don’t think I did them very well.
But it’s okay. Now I have a better idea of what might actually work next time. I had expected the painting to be a challenge in perspective, but I didn’t expect it to be a challenge in values and it was. My original photo is faded (I took it in Clovelly, Devon in 1977), and I wasn’t sure how I wanted to handle the color.
And I did get some interesting textures that I like, scraping with a plastic fork, using a dry brush and lifting with a scrubber brush.. I’ll do the painting again. And I don’t think it will take me 39 years to get around to it this time, lol!