New project wip

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Here is the project for Spring/ Summer. This one has no title yet, but that will come by the end. I have to say, my first thought was that this would be a relatively straightforward drawing/painting experience. Of course, an all grass background would be a challenge for me to paint, and that’s where I anticipated the most struggles to occur. (My weakness has always been foliage and landscapes.) I never dreamed that drawing a baseball glove would be as complicated as it turned out to be! Now, I never thought that it would be a simple thing to do, but it was much more difficult than I thought. I am very happy with how it turned out, though. And, after working out a few techniques on scrap paper, I have a plan of attack for the background now, and I feel much less anxious about it. The painting process has been fun and joyful (exactly what it’s supposed to to be) . I always plan out my paintings before I start, and I learn something new every time I paint. The early planning and struggling has seemed to pay off this time especially. I hope you like it, stay tuned for more progress updates. ๐Ÿ˜„

A different kind of project

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A friend of mine approached me several weeks ago with a request for help with a special wedding gift for a close family member. She asked me to do a small watercolor painting on their wedding invitation to have framed and given to the couple as a gift. She asked me if I could do a peony, as it was the bride’s favorite flower and in her bouquet. I said “Of course! I would be honored.” I had forgotten til she reminded me, that I had done the same thing for her once before for a very close friend of hers years ago, and that it was a huge hit, and everyone thought it was a great idea.

It turned out really well, if I do say so myself ๐Ÿ™‚

Full disclosure, I had nothing to do with the framing, other than advise on color, etc. through emails.

This was a really fun project to do, and I hope I get to do more like this ๐Ÿ™‚

 

Starting over

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I know I have mentioned this in posts before, but I don’t think I have have gone into any detail.

Once again while working on a painting in watercolors, I have had to start over. It happens. If you were to ask me right after I have made a mistake I would say that it happens way too often. But in more objective moments I could maybe admit that it isn’t “every single time”.ย  And sometimes I’m even able to get to a place where I realize that it’s often the best thing that can happen. The second attempt is always better in many ways than the first one. And even less measurable but more importantly, it means I’m pushing my abilities. Yes, there are times when having a piece be “good enough” and “not perfect” is a completely valid sentiment. But those moments when you look at your piece and say ” I don’t like that, I can do better” are special, and if they are happening it means you are working and growing.ย  Now, this is not to say that in the moment following the “ooops!” I am completely in touch with this notion, but I’m sure it’s taking less and less time to reach that emotional state.ย  ๐Ÿ™‚

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The good news is that my process allows me to restart without it being a giant pain in the ass.ย  I start by asking my friends and family to model for me, I set up my scenes and take reference photos. Then I draw it out freehand on tracing paper. This allows me to make mark after mark, and erase (and erase, and erase) without damaging the paper. Then I take my finished drawing and transfer it to the watercolor paper with graphite paper. So, all I need to do when starting over is transfer the drawing to another piece of watercolor paper.

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So, now it’s time to just keep on painting……….