It’s been so long since I’ve done one of these Everyday Matters challenges. I really miss them. I have been up to my ears in artist card trading (my own fault) and I haven’t had much time to draw for myself. I had to ask myself, when was the last time I sat down with something and really connected to it through my drawing. I realized it had been too long. I grabbed my list and thought, hey, there are a few leaves out there, why not paint one.
It was time for something completely different, so I grabbed my watercolors. I had some success with my crow done in ink and watercolor, so I wanted to try something splashy and colorful with no reliance on hard thin lines to make the image come together. I wanted to stop coloring in the lines and get a little crazy.
Colors used: Grumbacher Academy gamboge, raw sienna, scarlet lake, cadmium red medium, and ultramarine. Cheap paints, but okay to practice with. I’m going to get some Winsor & Newtons soon, when I find a good sale.
These were all applied in a haphazard fashion. I did know enough to let my layers dry to avoid muddy color. Being in a playful mood helped me to get over trying to control the outcome of the painting. I think it’s pretty good for a start. Please tell me what you think. I sure could use some pointers. What are your favorite instruction books or videos? Are there any demos on Youtube you enjoy?