365 Days of Art: Day 15 – A Cactus

The challenge: Create some form of visual art, no matter how small, each day for a full year. Today, I stuck with a few exercises from Watercolor Success in Four Steps by Marina Bakasova. I did a tea plant (painting tea is not as exiting as drinking it) and a cactus. (The tea plant is at the bottom because it’s boring.)

Here is my cactus. I think something is up with my sap green. Ever since I’ve purchased it, it doesn’t do wet on wet with other colors very well. I think it might be because I bought a “permanent sap green” by Winsor Newton instead do their regular sap green. Has anyone else ever encountered this? Anyway, this gives me headaches. Also, I’ve decided to start painting these little exercises a bit bigger, 1) because such tiny sizes makes it difficult to learn to drop color into wet on wet and 2) because I’m trying to use up my student grade paper as fast as possible.

Mine is on the right. You can see how my sap green doesn’t share power easily….
My tea is in the right. You can see how I may have gotten bored…

While I know these practice sessions are good for increasing my skills, I’m starting to see things in my head that I want to try. I might just break away from the books every now and then and paint something of my own. (Or I might just switch books and practice elements of the thing so want to try and then paint…) I would love to hear how some of you went ahead and started doing your own thing.

About M. B. Weston

M. B. Weston is an award-winning fantasy, pulp, young adult, steampunk, and paranormal author. Her attention to procedure and detail gives her works an authentic gritty, military feel that takes an adventure tale to the level of a true page-turner. Weston’s writing attracts both fantasy and non-fantasy readers, and her audience ranges from upper-elementary students to adults. A gifted orator, Weston has been invited as a guest speaker to numerous writing and science fiction/fantasy panels at conventions across the US, including DragonCon, BabelCon, NecronomiCon, and Alabama Phoenix Festival. She has served on panels with such authors as Sherrilyn Kenyon, J. F. Lewis, Todd McCaffrey, and Jonathan Maberry. Weston has spoken to thousands of students and adults about the craft of writing and has been invited as the keynote speaker at youth camps and at several schools throughout the US.
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