Last week I posted a photo of a zinnia that seemed like it was just begging to be painted, and I couldn’t wait to give it a go!
One evening, I printed the photo and lightly drew it in pencil using my lightbox – a great tool for us beginners who so often struggle with the drawing part. (Well – let’s face it – I often struggle with ALL the parts!)
I gave it a light water wash and first glaze of pink before quitting for the evening, as I am trying to learn patience and allowing drying time to achieve more complex watercolor paintings.
When my friend, Janet was over one evening, she asked to see what art I’ve been up to. When she saw the beginning of the zinnia, she said it would be a great post to show progress photos of the steps I go through.
Yes – great idea, Jan…. but I haven’t really figured out what steps I go through really!
Anyway – Charlie and I arose early the next morning – around 5:30am – and I decided to give my zinnia another coat. Well – that led to another, and then a disaster, followed by another disaster and a third disaster.
I kept re-trying to reproduce with watercolor what I had envisioned in my head.
Now I am one to promote that it is all about the journey – all about the process – but sometimes I just want to do it perfect – do it right – do it beautiful —- and alas, it wasn’t happening with this beautiful pink zinnia.
This was my fifth effort of it, and I got to where I gave up. It is not even close to what I had envisioned, though somewhat pleasing… at least compared to the first four efforts! I tried wet on wet, wet on dry, sketch first, sketch after, no sketching…
But WHY can I not reproduce on paper what is in my head?!
This is where I call out for support and advice from my artist friends.
Please offer your wisdom.
I obviously tend to “overwork” it.
Watercolor is something I’ve just had this urging to pursue. I’ve watched a few YouTube videos, perused a few books, and follow some amazing bloggers, but I have no formal training and no artistic experience.
I would so appreciate anyone who would be willing to offer their top advice for a wannabee watercolorist!
I am writing this a few days ahead of when it will post, so who knows where my head will be when this posts. But I so look forward to your tips and advice, and hope to be feeling a little better about my watercolor journey by the time you read this.
Can the encourager seek some encouragement this time please? 😉
Cheers & Hugs,