I just finished a large watercolor flower painting commission! It's 18" X 20" which is fairly large for a watercolor. I really enjoy painting large works and I think this is one of my nicest watercolors. I'm going to flatten the paper tomorrow and take some nice photos for my website. I still have to varnish some oil paintings and photograph those also..
Just put the final touches on this painting. I am really proud of myself for pulling the trigger with this painting and finishing it. I always looked at our clock and thought it would be fun to paint, but I was dragging my feet and not painting it. But now I've painted it and I'm really happy I did. It was a quick painting (only took 2 days) and I painted the entire thing from life. I've learned that nothing will ever replace painting from life and I'm going to paint from life as often as I can. The colors from life cannot be reproduced in any photograph.
I also added a sliver of light along the right side of the canvas which shows that there's another room to the right of the clock. That room, in reality, is a hallway that has more sunlight in it. With painting, just like anything else, to get results it's necessary to commit to the project. This principle applies to everything in life. Being able to commit is the most important quality.
The two paintings below are portraits of my brother and show my progression over a 10 year period of time. My brother turned 30 this year and I recently finished a portrait of him in my spare time. I don't have an exact date on the first portrait (on the left) because I never actually finished it. I remember working on it and being so frustrated that I couldn't finish and sign it; I remember thinking how difficult oil painting is.
I started oil painting when I was about 15, but I had always loved drawing since I was a little kid. I remember doing portrait drawings of my meema when I was about 9 years old. Portraits have always been my favorite and I'm really glad I kept the old portrait of my brother to show my progress. It's also cool to see how my own painting style has changed, but I can still tell I painted both portraits. Seeing my brother age between the two portraits is also eye-opening.
I want to say to anyone trying to improve with some kind of skill, whether it's painting and drawing or music, dancing, skateboarding, weight lifting, writing, sports or whatever you're passionate about: Never Give Up. Sometimes it's hard to see improvements because they happen slowly, but remember that even baby steps will move you forward.