There are a few books out whose format is simple: paint every day. “One Watercolor a Day,” “One Painting a Day – A 6-Week ….whatever.” Even WordPress has someone with Watercolor 365.wordpress.com who says she’s a hobbyist painter but from my vantage point she is pretty darn good. I’m sure there are hundreds of similar sites in the blogosphere. So what’s one more?
Actually this probably will last about as long as most of my ideas – which won’t be long. But I am trying to paint every day. If posting the painting helps keep me on track, then it’s worth it. After all, no one really has to pull this post up, and if my subscribers start yelling “OMG! There she goes with ANOTHER watercolor!!!” and unsubscribes, well then so be it. On the other hand, perhaps someone will notice some improvement – maybe even me.
Leaving the mess in place on the dining room table with a stack of paper just waiting to be used up, gives me even more motivation. I say to myself I’ll just do one more painting, and then clean up. But I’ll do the painting and leave the mess. Technically I should be motivated to finish the basement studio, and I am motivated, but, and this is a big “but,” I need help moving some of the tables around and can’t do much until then.
I had lunch in town today and walked a picturesque area and took some photos. The above watercolor is one of those. My printer is running out of ink so I sketched this right off the monitor. I think I got a better perspective of the scene than I would have had I printed it; that’s how bad my printer is.
There is such a fine line between “loose” and “sloppy,” and I think some artists purposefully try for both. Urban watercolor sketching has grabbed my attention, and I’m looking for my own style: something between “very loose,” and “I had my eyes open while I painted.”