The challenge: Create some form of visual art, no matter how small, each day for a full year. I’m stubborn. Tonight, I was short on time. I took my daughter to Awana at my church, and didn’t get her to bed until 9:30pm. I wake up at 5:30am every weekday to do yoga, so I’m now looking at 5 hours of sleep after I get my shower: I should have done a small drawing from my Tiny Things to Draw book and called it a night, but I wanted to paint because it makes me feel good. So I painted, and now I’m going to be in a really foul mood tomorrow. Tonight’s little project: a flower bouquet that took forever to draw and 7 colors. Goodbye sleep.
Tonight’s lesson learned: when the going gets tough, just use a gel pen. (But make sure it’s a good gel pen—not one you used to write “peace on earth” on 70 Christmas cards in December.)
I used an exercise from Watercolor Success in Four Steps by Marina Bakasova. She wanted us to leave some highlights, but apparently my highlights disappeared when the water merged together in the top 2 roses. I got frustrated, but quite frankly, nothing on this sweet earth could make me draw that darn bouquet again, so I decided “gel pen” and that solved most of the problem. Here’s the final result (mine is on the right):
I’m counting the days to when I finish using all of my wood pulp student grade paper an can graduate to cotton paper (or at least the Strathmore 400 series watercolor pad I have waiting to be used). Looking at this, I would say mine comes across as “stiff.” That’s probably the best way to put it. I hope that with more practice, my finished products will look more flowy and natural.
Ta ta for now. I’ve got down dogs and chatarunga push-ups waiting for me in 5 hours…