I painted for the first time outdoors, and I really enjoyed it! This is the view (well, sort of, lol) from a freestanding swing Hub put in the backyard near the neighbor’s fence. It almost feels like being in the woods, being back there. A couple cardinals came to visit, and the little wrens, it was cool.
I used a little Cotman travel watercolor palette, which comes with a tiny paintbrush inside. You can’t beat it for about $16 at Amazon. It’s about 5 x 2 1/2″, and has all the basic colors you need (12 in all). It’s filled with little pan paints that I can refill as needed. I really love it. When it’s opened up, it has three wells in the lid for mixing. I could have used a waterbrush and I’d have been all set, but I brought an old jar I use for water with me instead, and used the little brush included in the set. This was painted in my Strathmore Drawing art journal, which I totally love (thanks again for the encouragement, Jill!). It’s 100# paper, and stands up great to these light watercolor washes, and everything else I’ve thrown at it since. No bleed through, and virtually no buckling. Gotta love it.
This is only the second landscape I’ve tried. I’d like to do more, but I feel it requires lots of skills in perspective, which I lack. However, I shall motor on, because once I added the ink to this, I kind of liked it. The sun was one of the first things I painted in, and I didn’t feel right painting trees over it later, but other than that, it’s not too bad. Well, the meadow kind of stops at the top of the fence, and I just realized I forgot the foliage on the tree in the foreground *insert shocked emoji here* but it was fun. I expected much worse lol.
I know you all are dancing! The cardinals were already shaking their tailfeathers last night. Shall we join them? Hugs and peace to all.