It has been too hot to play outside the last couple of days, so I’ve taken advantage of this guilt-free indoor time to paint. I bought a new book off the Internet, Urban Watercolor Sketching: A Guide to Drawing, Painting, and Storytelling in Color by Felix Scheinberger. I love this book and had fun with my first “very messy” sketch of this green house. My feeling is that everything is not messy enough and a bit too straight. I will try to skew things more in my next attempt.
Another instructional book I have lying around is “Step by Step Watercolor Painting,” by The Alexander Brothers. While I get what they are trying to achieve, there were too many steps, and my attention span is not that great. I took off at about step three, but got the gist of the main points: washes and masking fluid. Next time I’ll draw my masking areas more carefully.
Watercolor painting requires serious patience. Whatever made me think I’m suited to this? I’m not. I think that’s why things like rug hooking and knitting and hand quilting are so appealing to me – I can go as fast as I want. Watercolor – not so much.
Even though I’ve been painting with watercolors for several years, progress is slow. Part of this is because there are so many opinions, so many techniques, and so many different styles to try to master. What I do know is that I like loose. In fact, the looser, the better. And color as bright as can be, though this beach scene, when Photoshopped, looked silly with brighter colors. So I left it natural, including the dullness of that “natural” Arches paper. I can’t wait until all that paper is gone so I can start using the “bright white” paper that is so popular now.