Can you tell what it is?
This is Watercolor #2 on my journey to learn watercolor painting.
So I have to admit…… I found myself struggling to post this…. Not feeling it is good enough….. Starting to take this “art” business much much much too serious! And then one of my sweet bloggie friends, Laura at CreateArtEveryDay, inquired about how my painting was coming. I told her I was struggling with whether to post or not… what everyone would think…. not wanting people to feel obligated to “Like” or comment…. Wondering if it was “better” than my first (hubby said yes – son said he liked first better…) Oiy Vay! Then I worried – Does anyone care about my “art?” Will they stop visiting my blog if I share less than lovely art work? Sheesh!
Then wise, sweet Laura encouraged me. She said (and she gave me permission to share):
If I let those feelings stop me, my blog would be private. I think the point here is encouragement and support and FUN, not perfection. I’ve done all of that second-guessing, but part of making something every day is really forcing me to not worry about what anyone thinks and just post it. Your first flower was really good, I thought. You definitely have talent. It just takes lots of practice to be happy with watercolor paintings (in my experience) and I’m still not there yet. I’ve come to the point that it’s about fun. FUN. And Relaxation. And DE-stressing. Forget everything else. If you painted it and you enjoyed it, that’s all that counts. Your followers love you and they want to share in your experiences and experimentation. At least, that’s how I see it. Otherwise, I’d post nothing, ever.
It’s all about fun. I just want to see you have fun with whatever you do. No one would expect to sit down at the piano and play Beethoven, but people put such high standards on their artwork. (I’m preaching to myself too, believe me.) But for me, this is about growth and happiness and relaxation and healing, more than anything else. So I just can’t take it seriously. I won’t. And I really hope you don’t either. If it’s not fun, it’s not worth it. I really hope you fly and just set yourself free, Jodi! 🙂
How lovely is that?!
Thank you, Laura!
And then I remembered WHY I started this blog…. not for “likes” (though I certainly LOVE your LIKES!)….
Not to “prove” anything….
It is a hobby…. It is my space to share the stuff I love to do at life in between!
So I’m posting it – and you know what? It was FUN to do! Fun to watch water and paint create something on paper.
Gallery worthy? No!
Fun? Yes 🙂
So last week for my first watercolor, I drew the flower with a pencil first. For this one, I just “drew” the basic shape with water and paintbrush. This was another tutorial by Lindsay at The Frugal Crafter. Lindsay makes it look so simple! She just whips these up in about 5 or 10 minutes while chatting away and being funny and relaxed and silly.
Wonder if I’ll ever be able to get so free and loose and relaxed while doing this? I’m a bit “heavy handed” with the paint. I want to just touch the paper with the brush and watch it “move.” This watercolor stuff is HARDER than it looks! (FUN Jodi – FUN!) I have a new appreciation for some of the talented artists I know that do this now!
Thanks for sharing the journey with me my friends!
Cheers & Hugs,
P.S. Hope you’ll visit Laura’s blog too – she shares a fun new creative experiment every day @ CreateArtEveryday