365 Days of Art: Day 84 – A Watercolor Eggplant

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

Long story short, I’m a wife and mother with a part time job. I’m also a perfectionist, so I’m always trying to be the perfect employee, perfect mother, and perfect wife. To make things more complicated, I’ve taken on this challenge to keep doing art every day. Lots to juggle, and sometimes I don’t sit down at my kitchen counter to do any art until 10:00pm. (Here’s looking at you, kitchen counter at 10:00pm.) I really didn’t want to do another drawing activity tonight.

Don’t get me wrong. I have learned more about art through drawing simple pictures this past week than ever. However, I need some color. I need to put a brush on paper. I need the healing power of water and pigment flowing over the student-grade wood-pulp paper in a way I didn’t intend and can’t control, mocking my perfectionism.

I grabbed Watercolor Success in Four Steps by Marina Bakasova. While her lack of descriptive instructions sometimes frustrates me, I know I can do some of her projects in a semi-quick timespan. Tonight I chose an eggplant. Why? Because it only called for four colors, and I have all of these colors meaning I don’t have to mix anything. Also, this one calls for Ultramarine, and I haven’t had to use that one in a while.

My colors are a little more watered down than I think they should be, but I keep remembering back to when I did the mango, and it looked much brighter than her painting. Let’s see if this works.

Here it is:

Mine is on the right.

Not too bad. It looks better now that it is dry. In hind site, a bigger brush would have been a better choice. I’m quite happy that I have figured out how to “drop color” in. I had too much water on my brush in earlier paintings. Drying my brush before dipping it in the paint really helped.

I’m off to bed everyone. Have a great evening!

Daily yoga: Today, I did this ashtanga yoga video from Fightmaster Yoga. I’m still nursing my bad back, so no power yoga until I can go from up dog to down dog without pain.

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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