I have had a less productive week this week. Sometimes, I just don’t feel like painting. The lesson I have learnt from my experience is: don’t paint when you don’t feel like it, because it will show in the painting!
But I have also learnt that you can do other things in that time, so you can keep growing and improving in times when you don’t feel very productive at all. Reading/ studying books is one way. The other is to start studying your watercolor pigments and learn them well!
When I first started painting…this was the LAST thing I wanted to do. I did a colour wheel, I did tests…but I wanted to paint pictures instead. Now I have gained a greater insight to what my tutor Joe Cartwright and artists Hazel Soan have been talking about. Learn your colours: which are transparent, opaque – what happens when they mix- what colours you can create from a very small palette – and learn them well! It will give you more tools to work with when you paint.
So here is what I do when I’m not in a painting mood…
Learning your colors
and it is really fun and quite amazing! I have a small palette and I am not even half way through with the possibilities! I keep my charts as references for later work.
In other news, the Art of Sydney Awards are on this long weekend, ending on Tuesday. I will be there on Tuesday morning until 12.00pm on duty. My society and the awards won by our members, including myself, were featured in local press this week. Well done everyone!
I’ve had a very productive week, which I am happy about.
I attempted my first full sheet painting – and was happy with my first attempt on such a large scale.
So…of course I did a second full sheet and ..I’m liking working on such a large scale! It’s actually more fun than I would of imagined.
I also completed the following half sheet dedicated to… Sydney’s weather. I enjoy painting wet street scene paintings.
Next weekend will be the Art of Sydney Exhibition at the Maritime Museum – come down and have a look if you have a chance! It’s free entry all weekend, with extended hours (which you can see on my right menu bar) and 5 of my works on display.
Art Of Sydney awards
I’m also getting ready for the Royal Easter Show which needs entries in this week (an insight of how early we work ahead!)
I’ve had a nice break over Christmas and the New Year. Long over due maybe.
Before I took a break from painting, I was happy to end the year with a piece I was happy with. I haven’t painted many flower paintings, due to a lot of difficulties I had with them earlier in my learning the medium. So, I thought it was time to tackle the subject and after many failed attempts, I pushed through to complete the following painting of the Fuschia Lord Byron from my garden.
Fuchsia Lord Byron
Coming back to my easel, palette and window (where I paint at) after my break, (it felt like I hadn’t painted in months!) I decided to attempt my first rose. We don’t have much success growing roses in our backyard, but when we grew this lilac rose a couple of years ago, I was sure to snap a photo! It came in handy now, and I am very pleased with the result. I hope to do many more flower watercolor paintings in the future.