Happily Painting

P1220483.JPGPainting #1 remembered landscape

I didn’t realize that it has been almost a month since my last post! I have been painting up a storm and sometimes I forget or dread posting here because it takes more time than on Instagram.

The painting above was thrilling to paint because I let all restraint go and let loose. I love texture and flicking on some drops of water and watching the results was fabulous. I think that is why I adore watercolor. The opportunity to let the paint do its thing and I am a willing partner.

P1220477.JPGPainting #2 Humbug Creek

I gave up on this painting once it was dry. It was started as a saturated wet on wet but I didn’t like the weak look. I have to admit I get impatient and I like to “sculpt” my paintings while they are wet. Once it is dry I will go back in and adjust but I like to paint about 75-80% in the first round. I started an abstract on the other side and abandoned that one because of feeling picky.

I turned this one over and I realized that I liked it more than I thought originally and finished it. To me it looks like it could be in the swamps somewhere in the Southeast US.

P1220482.JPGPainting #3 Bullards Bar Reservoir – evening light

I love morning and evening light at Bullards, something magical with the area. I am fortunate that I live within 5-8 minutes of this area.

P1220474.JPGPainting #4 Bullards – remembered landscape

While our power was out, I sat in the front of the woodstove to paint this one. I used my memories to paint it and I am quite happy with it. I can go with more detail with the water but wanted to remain simplistic.

P1220471.JPGPainting #5 Imaginary Scene

This started out from referring to a photo of some trees at the North Yuba but it took on a different scene and I am alright with that. I do believe that I need to soften the horizon line, seems too sharp and “chunky”, an easy fix.

I have to tell you about those trees on the right. I am finding that I don’t like to depict something too realistic because frankly it bores me. I didn’t like the trees at the onset because of that fact, I simply took my sprayer and watched it pull the color away and I ended up with something I could build upon. Again, watercolor at its finest moment. The medium is meant to be spontaneous, finding serendipity in creativity.

P1220473.JPGPainting #6 abstract

Originally this started out as an imaginary scene but I didn’t care for it until I saw a shape that I spurred me on to start “building” my painting. Away I went and before long I ended up with this abstract. My photo gives some hard and dirty edges that are not in reality, bear that in mind.


Painting #7 Remembered landscape

My favorite scene of course! I had a difficult time getting my photo and painting to marry up but I am satisfied enough to include this. I am quite happy with this and I took a few days in assessing and painting it slowly.

I hope to post more often, a month is much too long. I am happy to report that I am feeling more and more confident and the scourge of my perfectionism is letting up. When I struggle with it, I walk away and work through it before returning to painting. Thank Goodness! Happy painting folks!

30 thoughts on “Happily Painting

  1. davidjrogersftw

    Thank you for the lovely paintings and your narrative descriptions of their creation. You make very succinct what is a complicated creative process. Very enjoyable.

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    1. Winter is here but I believe that it was my camera and eyes making them darker they aren’t as dark in reality. I noticed that this morning and thought I would leave it alone. I am thinking that I’ll be careful in the future. ๐Ÿ˜‰


  2. I Do LOVE these Miss M!
    each, is a wonderland filled with enchantment to get lost within. You have become quite the master at allowing the paints, to do their thing and then going with the flow. Gently guiding bits and pieces til it comes together.
    Margaret, I so loved your phrase,
    …..don’t like doing them realistic as “frankly it bores me.” โค โค โค

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    1. Thank you Debi. I have felt that way from the moment I started making art ( late 1980’s) I thought it was because I expected too much. Everyone seem to be doing very realistic work and I wanted more, I didn’t know what that “more” was but now I understand! Hallelujah! ๐Ÿ’–

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  3. #1 and #7 for me Margaret! My word youโ€™re in prolific form at the moment! Hope you find a way of balancing out the painting / instagram / blog etc. Itโ€™s something that I continue to struggle with so I really understand your plight. From a purely selfish point of view – my time on WordPress would be much poorer if you werenโ€™t part of it! Happy painting (and happy posting too)

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    1. John your comments made my day! #7 is a personal favorite, it felt magical painting it. I am fortunate that I can paint with abandon (time and passion), I feel blessed. ๐Ÿ™‚ I think that I need to take January a month off from social media and blogging to completely focus on creating and learning. Maybe needing validation is the culprit? who knows but I feel that it would be good for me. Being rural (isolated) and having no contact with other artists is part of my problem, outside of the internet, that is. Thanks again!

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      1. I’d trust your instincts Margaret. If you think a month off the social is what you need, then that’s what you should try. I quite like it becoming a new take on ‘dry’ January – giving up social media for a month a year, even if only to remind one’s self how rich life can still be without it!

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