Last Friday, I shared the first of a series of Idealized Paintings that I’ve been playing with (with which I’ve been playing). I discovered the technique in Zoltan Szabo’s 70 Favorite Watercolor Techniques, though I think it’s one you’ll recognize. It’s difficult to find instruction for, at least under the term ‘Idealized’, so there may well be a different term for it.
I changed brushes from Friday’s attempt, using a 1 inch flat instead of a size 16 round. This made it easier to capture the broad shapes so essential to the technique.
No reference photo was used. Rather than starting with a fixed idea of the trees, I painted the shapes, and then found the trees among them.
While reading Zoltan Szabo’s 70 Favorite Watercolor Techniques, I came across instructions for idealized design. I did one for my Watercolor Wednesday with Schut and liked the technique and decided to play around with it more.
Then I didn’t for months and months (very like me), for no good reason other than I didn’t, lol.
The other day, I decided I was ready to play with it, and without looking back at the book, I just played around with what I remembered. No reference photo or anything — I just made it up as I go.
I’m not overly impressed with the result, but what I did find is the questions I wanted to resolve. Sometimes, you just have to sit down and try something. See where you are unsure, what works and what doesn’t. Only then do you really know where to start.
I reread Szabo’s how-to, and have painted a few more attempts, which I’ll share with you next week.
Done using Quiller Watercolors on TwinRocker paper
Often, on Saturday mornings my husband and I visit the Leach Botanical Gardens for a walk after breakfast. Johnson Creek runs through the park, rough and rippling in places, and deep and serene in others.
The paths are too narrow and steep for plein air painting, but I’ve taken plenty of photos over the last few months. This is the first time I’ve painted from any of them, though.
This was done using mostly Quiller watercolors, with the addition of Qor’s Green Gold and Daniel Smith’s Lunar Blue and Lunar Red Rock, on Lanaquarelle watercolor paper.
It’s coming back! I’ve been making more of an effort to do a little drawing or painting every day, even if I can’t finish what I’m doing or even do very much. It makes sooooo much difference in how I feel about what I’m creating and how easy it is to get into the flow.
That’s what it’s all about, baby!