Thoughts on learning watercolor

Turns out when I put my mind to it, I’m ok at following directions.  and this book  Step-by-Step Guide to Painting Realistic Watercolors  by Dawn McLeod Heim is really good at setting out the method.  I’m understanding it better when I go back and read the initial directions that say “fully load your brush” is done this way, tapping it once on the side to let out some of the liquid, or “load your brush”  tapping several times.  amazing…. sarcasm here…when I follow these directions that I missed the first time, it makes a difference!  I swear…  and now that I’ve looked for her link, I see there are other lessons on her site as well.  neat!

So my next thoughts are that I want to write down specifically what I learned from each project, and then attempt a painting of my own using those techniques… I was working on project 3 yesterday, raspberries, and there’s a point where you paint a brighter red around some of the berries and I thought, oh no, that won’t work, and sure ’nuff it does.  The trick is to know what color to use when I’m doing it on my own! yikes.  and I can certainly see the value of trying to copy masterpieces to learn from them… a process that has been done throughout time.

So my next thoughts are that I want to write down specifically what I learned from each project, and then attempt a painting of my own using those techniques… I was working on project 3 yesterday, raspberries, and there’s a point where you paint a brighter red around some of the berries and I thought, oh no, that won’t work, and sure ’nuff it does. The trick is to know what color to use when I’m doing it on my own! yikes. and I can certainly see the value of trying to copy masterpieces to learn from them… a process that has been done throughout time.

Here is project 3 in process…the leaf on the right in shadow seems to have gone a bit awry…I was feeling comfortable with the veining and shadowing and tried to do it while talking on the phone. Silly me.

Painting of berries

in progress

Early morning birds

This morning i came back from an early morning walk to find this juvenile white winged dove in my courtyard. It stayed for over an hour and when it attempted to fly over the walls it didn’t have the skills. It ended up on another pot and it let me drag it out to the front yard. It since joined the other birds feeding on the ground under the feeder.

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Yesterday we came back from the dog walk to find four juvie woodpeckers in our front yard trees. You can see one’s silhouette on the mexican elder branch here on the left w grown white winged dove at top.

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Bouquet painting again

Today J did the Braden Aboud 5k race and she ran the whole way! She did great. 9.5 min miles.

She got a fortune cookie whose innards spoke to me and got me painting again.
It said: Do not give up. The beginning is always the hardest part.

When i have been away from painting i will do anything, even cleaning, LOL, to put it off! So hopefully this is another of many bad paintings in order to get better at it.

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Stunning!

Arent these blooms amazing? This is from the front yard of a house in my neighborhood. I don’t know what species it is, but note it is in partial shade. Does anyone have a guess? Yesterday i had a lovely driving tour of gardens i like w jean, and it was the only day for these funnel shaped blooms. Perfect timing!

I have been walking mostly twice daily for a week now and it has made me feel so good!

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It’s FALL!

Finally!!! down here in the southwest, fall comes slowly but it’s a beautiful, albeit subtle, season. But it’s been in the 50s at night and only in the 70s by day, so that means it’s fall time and time to drag out the maple leaf quilt I made 10 years or more ago, for my dh one Christmas, and put it on the bed. I LOVE this time of year!!

From Fiber Arts
From Cool Things
From Cool Things
From Cool Things

There’s something so comforting about the cycle of seasons, the days growing longer and then shorter, the rituals that define our lives in each season, the cues we look for in the natural world. It’s a constant in a changing world, and it gives me joy. Just as wearing socks now gives me joy.

Persistence

Well, got the official note today that neither piece, A Fresh Start nor the Mommy Glove got accepted into Craft Texas. It was a long shot, that I knew, so I’m ok with it, but a bit bummed.

So, ever the librarian, I went in search of persistence/rejection quotes. Here are several I liked, maybe they’ll speak to you too.

If you have talent, you will receive some measure of success – but only if you persist. (Isaac Asimov)

Your persistence is your measure of faith in yourself. (Author unknown)

I know the price of success: dedication, hard work, and an unremitting devotion to the things you want to see happen. (Frank Lloyd Wright)

How you react to rejection is important. It is not the rejection of others that truly affects us, the problem occurs when… that rejection by others causes us to “reject” ourselves. (Chris Tyrell)

And the last from Robert Genn, artist and creator of the Painterskeys website, the source of these art quotes.

It is necessary to put yourself out for rejection, and accept that you will be rejected. (Robert Genn)