We’re on holidays for this week at Cape Bridgewater near Portland. We stay there every year because of it’s beauty and rugged coastline. The kids love to surf everyday even when it’s raining.
As they play on the beach and surf in the ocean I have time to catch up on the watercolors I committed to doing each day. The 365 watercolor a day challenge is much harder than I thought it would be. I am three paintings behind but will catch up today as I have the whole day ahead to paint, paint and paint.
As I paint each picture I learn more and more. It’s lovely to experiment without boundaries. I was given a watercolor text book for Christmas “The Art of Watercolors”. You can buy the book pretty much everywhere and it comes with its own Sketch Pad.
The book describes all you need to know to start painting. I especially like this paragraph;
“You may discover that you have talents you never thought possible. There is no right or wrong way to paint, there are no rules and no one to tell you that you can’t do that, there are only techniques and methods of application. It is up to the individual artist to experiment and gain more knowledge from the materials and subject matter, which in time will give more confidence to creating stunning works of art. No one artist starts out brilliant at painting, it comes with practice”.
The paragraph describes my approach this year as I continue painting with watercolors every day. The Hydrangeas in a Vase was inspired from a photo is a magazine. I drew it with black pen first and then applied the paints. I love the way watercolors bleeds into each other giving you the most unexpected results.
While I will share a lot of paintings with you this year I am still planning to share cross stitch and needlepoint projects. It’s just about finding time in the day and the weeks to fit it all in.
Wishing you a great week ahead!