My attraction for watercolor is unquenchable! Ironic, huh?
It challenges me, it inspires me, it sometimes frustrates me, but when it works, in my mind, there is nothing more beautiful. I thought I’d have a more detailed, larger landscape ready by this time, but I wound up going in a different direction (shocking, I know), so instead, here is another tiny painting inspired by this photo that I took the other day by the side of the road.
I’d hoped to get some gesture drawings of a small bunch of cows who used to hang out here, but they were all gone. No moos in sight! Barn was still there though, and there was a lovely thistle just begging to be included in the composition.
I knew I wanted the barn closer in the painting than in the photo, but I think this little (2″ x 3″) sketch may have it a bit too close. The thistle didn’t turn out quite as I’d wanted either, but that’s the nice thing about working small: you can test out composition and color, and then decide what might work in the finished painting. I think what I need is a larger, more detailed thistle to give the painting more depth. I think in my case, I may need more miles on the paintbrush to make this work in a larger painting, but I’ll give it another try, hopefully soonish.
Have a happy Tuesday. Smile like a cow in a meadow! Chew thy cud like you mean it. 😉 Moos and peace.