Look what Hub brought in!

I was painting a perfectly ripe, wonderfully colored peach….and it wasn’t going so well. Hub to the rescue! He brought these in, and they immediately caught my eye. Peach overboard! 😀

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As my newest painting idol, Charles Reid says, we can’t copy nature. We can only interpret and suggest. I love how he worded that! And I find it to be true. Here’s my attempt, complete with splatter (I could get hooked on that):

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Kinda….meh.   I think they were a little too crowded in there, but I didn’t wanna change one thing about them.   But now I’m wondering if these quick watercolor sketches are useful to do daily. Should I work on a bigger project? Not sure I’m ready for that. I’d welcome your thoughts!

Happy Independence Day! Have a safe and happy one. Peace.

40 thoughts on “Look what Hub brought in!

  1. love that Charles Reid. You did a great job with the blue background! the deep purple flower is Excellent; very good contrast, no monkeying about, looks Good! middle lavender/purple one is really good too… perhaps a bit of variation of tone/warmth in parts though to bring some of it Forward – giving it more depth. your cone flower shape is Great! maybe on 1-2 petals glaze them with a warm version in order to enhance depth. so that not every petal is the same colour/tone. the top of it looks good! the brightness of the yellow In The Background…. needs to be subdued, to send it back, to make it recede into the Distance some more. (or else just lift a lot of the colour off, and call it good!!) 🙂 so, actually, you would only need a couple teeny alterations and then VOILA! you’ll be smiling – cheers, debi

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    1. Thank you, Debi! That’s just what I need, some guidance as to how to tweak things. I appreciate that very much! One question: do you think I should try to work on something larger? I’m wondering if I’m ready for that. I want to do a seascape, and I could follow a video tutorial….but I’m afraid I’ll mess it up royally. Or I could try larger without a tutorial…..but back to the fear of messing it up totally once again!

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      1. Hey Laura – your question was to Debbie, and I know zero about watercolor – but painting is painting. I say, go for it. Go big. Buy a pad of 18 x 24 watercolor paper. Do a small sketch of your seascape to solve the compositional problems, values, color choices, etc. then make an 18 x 24 watercolor with your sketch as a guide – being open to change and the serendipity wonder of watercolor. What do you have to fear?? Your investment is materials and time. We adults learn by doing. Even when we fail, we learn. And we’re one painting closer to success : ) Go for it!

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        1. Thank you, Tom! I appreciate the vote of confidence, and you taking the time to comment. I am definitely considering working on a larger project. It’s percolating. I think of you often – “progress, not perfection”. It helps a lot.

          Your work is beautiful, and I so admire it. I hope you have a terrific weekend!

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  2. I like these quick sketches. I find flower groupings difficult, especially in color…rendering yellow flowers at all is still a mystery to me. The little glimpses of yellow in the back here helps define the other flowers. Keep going, I say. It’s not a steady progression upwards, but zigs and zags. One day you will look back and be amazed.

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    1. I’m really glad you think so. I was a bit discouraged after painting last night. Doing one object on a background is one thing but the idea of putting a whole painting together…..yeah it just seems like climbing Everest. I’m searching for an in-between. Still a challenge, but not a marathon run would be good. Maybe I should stick to single objects, but I don’t find much life in things. Maybe birds?

      I totally agree re yellow flowers. And lilies….forget it. They looked good in the bouquet, and smell wonderful, but they’re crazy hard. I turned the vase to the back immediately.

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  3. Would it be possible to pick something with a lot of little parts, and then break down the bigger project into painting those various segments? That way you’d have a little thing each day but they’d add up to a big thing. A garden, a family of birds, a family of kittens, etc. might be good candidates for that.

    If it’s either/or, I don’t know. On the one hand I like seeing your watercolor sketches every day, but on the other hand I don’t want to dissuade you from trying something bigger if you want to!

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    1. You raise a good point there. And I’m happy you are enjoying my sketches! Hmm. I need to think some more. Watercolor birds would be cool. I need to think more on it. I want to get to beach art. That’s where I’m headed, but water seems a bit out of reach. I’d like to feel Iike I was working more toward beach subjects. But maybe anything you paint is moving you along, so maybe the subject shouldn’t matter much.

      Thanks for your your suggestion, and encouragement! I appreciate that very much. 💜

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    1. Kirk, he is so wonderful. If you’re interested in loose WC painting, he makes it sooooo simple. Well. Not simple, but he’s good at simplifying and he’s an excellent teacher. He has videos and books out. I hope he’s still alive, as he’d be close to 80 now. Just love him! Thanks for the good words. 🇺🇸🎆

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        1. Ann did, on youtube, I think, and found lots of free videos. I found out about him through Artist Network TV ($19.95/mo for all the art videos you feel like watching). But she found links on youtube – I think many of them are clips of the Art TV versions.

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  4. Lovely painted bouquet Laura! Like the little color splatters too! 😊 Remember it is only paint and paper so if you mess it up, you can start another one! This is the advice of one of my art teachers that has helped take the pressure off for me. So I’d say go bigger! 🎉🌟🎉

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  5. I really like this one, you did a great job. So many flowers in one picture are quite challenging, that´s for sure! I think you should go bigger too! Maybe those tiny business card or post card sizes for every day, but bigger papers in watercolor take their time and are maybe really not practical for everyday challenges… That´s at least what I´ve found out for me. Hope you had a wonderful July 4th! Enjoy Sunday!!! 🌞

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    1. Every painting I do, I only allow about 30 minutes, 60 max. Half the time, I don’t even know what I’m going to paint. It’s been quite a challenge, this painting every day business! I think they could all use more planning. 😕

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  6. What a sweet hubby to bring you flowers to paint. This is perfect, and beautiful even all close together. That is what I love about growing as an artist. You learn what you do and don’t like for your next projects.

    Have you decided to go for a larger painting? I do encourage you to try something larger… even if it will take more time than one day. I have so many abandoned pieces of art laying around my studio that I still like to pull out here and there to keep working on. I still prefer to keep my drawings small so I finish them. 🙂 Can’t wait to see what you will create if you go for something larger… maybe mountains?

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