For today’s painting, I had planned on following a tutorial and doing a larger seascape, but ran outta time (as frequently happens). So I grabbed a library book from my shelf and skimmed through it for ideas. “Work Small, Learn Big: Sketching with Pen & Watercolor”, edited by Jennifer King was recommended by Jesse VanWagner, and I wanna thank you, Jesse, because this is a terrific book!
I spotted this little painting on page 16 (no colors or explanation attached), and it caught my eye, so I set to work. I think the key for me with watercolor, as with so many artistic pursuits, is speed. Work fast. Don’t dawdle; don’t fuss. Get the ink in quick, lay the color down, and then work to the next area, and hopefully if I move fast enough, the colors blend as I go, without too many hard edges. This one is about 5 x 5 1/2″:
I am pleased with the way this one turned out, considering it only took about 1/2 hour, including sketching time with a (03 nib) Micron pen (and that’s about all the time I could spare). I like the sky, and I was happy with how the colors (burnt sienna, raw sienna, raw umber, cerulean, ultramarine, rose madder, bit of winsor orange to gray the blue) played together. I need to compose paintings of my own, but this was a good exercise. By studying (and copying) the work of experienced artists, hopefully I’m learning to do just that. Painting every day is paying off for me. I’m feeling more confident and looking forward to what comes next!
Happy July Sunday! Take some time to rest and rejuvenate today. Give yourself some blissful peace!