Well, I am off to the races! Literally because I had a big day of cleaning my house, crazy running to get things done in order to get in my art room to get started on my May Challenge. Why the rush? Our electricity provider is planning to turn off the power for four hours starting this afternoon to replace a pole.
I figured that since I am “on the line” and not having much time to plan or think but paint and react, I thought I would use it for an experiment. Even as I write this I have just under an hour for the planned outage. I know that sometimes they shut off the power before the allotted time. I have been on the wire all day, no worries because it has kept me on my toes, plus it is a good work-out.
This is my plein air painting that I decided to paint a watercolor from. It is a pastel that I painted last September when the fall colors were just starting. I wasn’t exactly happy with it but hey, here it is:
I purposely used this situation to see how not planning a painting will affect the experience and the end product. I decided not to draw out any sketches whatsoever, not even drawing on my watercolor paper. No planning whatsoever! Daring….I know! crazy perhaps. I wanted to illustrate to myself some issues that I have already in regards to my approach to watercolor. I hardly ever plan a painting, no sketches, nothing! I will draw out my sketch on the paper but since I was on a time limit, I decided not to even do that.
My first wash is top left, second layer and then final third is the finished painting as you see here. I made myself not to judge what I was doing, how they turned out. I simply went into it with no ideas, no feelings and no expectations. I did enjoy the process though, the pressure of producing something decent was nonexistent. This is pretty crazy for me because I am so darn hard on myself and fret and fume while I paint in watercolor.
This is another experiment…..5 timed minutes. No drawing, just grab a brush and Go! I wet the entire paper first for this timed painting. It was fun not to feel invested in the outcome.
Timed experiment #2, once again 5 minutes but on dry paper.
My thoughts on this are….hurry….they are going to pull my juice! Now I am feeling the stress!
- Have fun, it is only painting, not a test!
- Having put aside the fact that this painting day might be a bust anyway I wasn’t going to put such importance on my failures, that fact alone helped me to stop pressuring myself.
- I do need to plan some things! Sketching out my painting is important.
- I need to experiment more, it won’t kill me to have some failures under my belt, it is learning.
- Painting fast and carefree is fun and good for me!
- Putting up these paintings and not caring about how they will be judged is such a freeing experience!
- My not so great paintings doesn’t mean that people won’t like me! I can make a few wrong turns now and then in trying to express myself. I am human after all.