My drawing and painting life
After all, it’s World Watercolor Month. Yes, WORLD WATERCOLOR MONTH! Loads of people are doing watercolors every day – or as often as they can. Check out the information on the Doodlewash website to find out more! Anyway, I just had to get some watercolor in this month. I didn’t know it would be hard right to get going. But with a little help from Wendy Brightbills class on painting abstracts, I did.
So watercolors are all the rage. And there I was, constantly making my small acrylic paintings. Ha. I was starting to feel I needed to hurry and started more than two paintings each day. For some reason that works on some days (I get to make three or four paintings!), but not on others (I create mud). Well, I I’m almost finished doing the 100 paintings I wanted. The final ones were started the other day; they do need some tweaking. Some only need final touches. But even so, I just can’t stop making those square paintings. By now it’s a kind of habit, when I start my art, I want to start a square painting. It’s a bit like an addiction… But I did want to start doing some watercolor work. So as a way to trick myself, I cut the paper in the same way as I do on the square paintings (ha!). And I got a result. And another!
I took some inspiration from “Letting Go : An Exploration of Abstract Painting”, a fun new abstract painting class hosted on Jeanne Olivers website. The class is taught by Wendy Brightbill who makes the most wonderful abstract paintings. It turns out she mixes all kinds of media in interesting ways. I’ve been making a lot of work lately and it felt like I was pushing a lot of me, my own mark making and such, into the 100 square paintings. So I was starting to feel a little empty. So I will certainly be looking into Wendy’s course more to get my shots of fresh inspiration.
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