365 Days of Art: Day 20 – Night sky and Forest?

The challenge: Create some form of visual art, no matter how small, each day for a full year.

Tonight’s little bit of Art totally didn’t follow the instructions. I followed the instructions. The water didn’t. (This shouldn’t be surprising since water can’t read instructions…) This is one of those nights when I don’t want to post anything I did because it didn’t turn out well, but on of my rules for doing this blog was that I would post whatever I did no matter how bad.

I did two exercises from the book, Watercolor Success in Four Steps by Marina Bakasova. Neither turned out as expected, but I’m not surprised, so I have successfully kept from feeling disappointed in myself.

  • I did two wet on wet exercises on a watercolor notebook, hence no taping the sides to something hard, hence buckling. Hence watercolor sadness.
  • Still using the student grade stuff. I intend to upgrade soon, but I want to use it up first because I’m cheap.
  • It’s probably not a good idea to try to do two wet on wets at the same time, especially when one requires salt. I kept racing the clock to make sure I got all the paint down on one and so I could return to the other before the water dried. I totally didn’t get back to the trees in time, which is why the shadows under the trees look like a big, blooming blob of anything but shadows.
I used the red arrows to show what the book wanted the final product to look like. Mine is on the bottom. I’m still waiting for the starry night puddles to dry. I’m also wishing my Indigo paint would play a little nicer with the violet and the Winsor Blue.

The left is supposed to be a night sky. The right is supposed to be a forest. My indigo did not behave appropriately, but I think the mixture was too light. I also think I put it in when the water was too dry. You will notice the salt is still on the paper. I’m waiting for the puddles to dry before I take off the salt and the tape.

I might try to return to the forest again after I get 100% cotton paper. The night sky doesn’t make sense to me in the book so I’m not sure how to make it better.

TTFN. The bed calls.

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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