Well, so much for setting challenges….who needs that when life is challenging enough on its own?!
I have indeed done quite a bit of wet-on-wet since my last post, but not daily. Saying I will do this or that for x-number of days is sometimes a set-up for frustration, because the reality is that painting is a desire-based process for me. Today, I may desire to paint some small flowers as above, or I may feel like painting Christmas wreaths. Some of those may well be wet-on-wet paintings but some not. You know how it is….don’t tell me what I have to do, it will simply set me in another direction.
Still, more is being revealed and that’s exciting in itself. I have learned that while I like the idea of doing loose landscapes, it doesn’t bring me as much pleasure as maybe ink-and-wash flowerpots. I hesitate to say this out loud least it sound like a commitment or decision (which I may then need to recant), but I’m finding I enjoy painting small. The 4×6 and 5×7 paintings I’m doing not only can be completed in a reasonable period of time which is satisfying in itself, but there are so many varying subjects I can use that it allows for quite a bit of variety.
I’m sure I’ve mentioned this before, but I keep bumping into the concept of “finding your art style.” And for a while I thought that probably meant finding what you are good at and perfecting it. But I’m thinking now maybe all it means is find what you ENJOY doing….and do that until you don’t want to do it any longer. I guess it can mean whatever I want it to mean.
I’m surprised to find how much I enjoy working small. The flowers above are near-tiny to my mind (and my old eyes!), and I just love them to pieces. I like stacked rocks, too, though they have a whole different flavor than flowers.
Long and short is, I’m finding a lot of pleasure in watercolor painting these days. And grateful for it.
It is never too late to be what you might have been.George Eliot