I wanted to start this post by saying that this challenge of mine has been so amazing, a challenge that definitely has lived up to the word but for me in a very positive and growing way. My blogging buddy artists Laura and Debi have joined forces with me or did I join forces with them? It has been so exciting and encouraging to have artists who rally behind me and with artist cyber arms hugging me along this journey.
In this challenge I have met many other artist and non-artist bloggers who have really inspired me. I read a post by one such blogger and I was intrigued how much of what she wrote coincided with my feelings and my journey in art. She has such a gift of expression, of writing that I had to share her post Moon in Capricorn Amazing insight and I felt inspired and wanted to share it with my fellow bloggers. Be sure that you read her post.
I have decided to go back and start on a painting that I had started about two years ago. It is a 11 x 14 watercolor that I am taking very slowly but I think I lost steam because of
- intimidation…can I do it?
- how will ever handle all that expanse of water?
- is this the correct way of handling a large watercolor? I am not doing washes but taking the painting section by section.
- doubt as how to proceed stopped me in my tracks
I have decided to not stress about this painting, it will be a great way to push into the hinterland of discovery and learning. Today I will be figuring out my colors, I think that I had sap green at the time I had started this painting but I know I can match the color. If anything that I inherited from my father, is a keen sense of color and mixing exactness. My father was a commercial house painter who worked for a company that painted movie studios and also actors’ homes. He use to mix his own paints from scratch. It was amazing watching how he would match his paint to the sample. I never knew I had this talent until I started painting in acrylics. By instinct I knew which colors to use to mix to the color I saw or wanted.
I’ll be posting updates as the painting takes shape. Since it is a long project I am not sure if I will be painting on this solely or working on other paintings. I will continue to paint in plein air and post those. Wish me luck! Any suggestions, feel free to comment, don’t be shy!