I just did a painting study tonight (pictured below) that inspired me to share some some insight. The reason I did this painting was because I was feeling pretty bad after having painted a really terrible painting earlier today. So I was feeling pretty low and decided to take a different approach to this second painting. The painting is of an amaryllis bulb that flowered recently. I wanted to just slow down a little bit and paint this study piece by piece in a very deliberate fashion.
I feel like the painting came out well and taught me a really valuable lesson in the importance of having deliberate action with my paint. I won't be in a rush anymore to paint and I'll be taking my time from here on.
I just finished up making my holiday cards for this year and I want to talk about using a material I haven't tried before. The material is wax resist sticks made by Grumbacher. I have wondered about wax resist for a while because I know Sargent used it, but I am just trying it for the first time today! I have to say that I loved it and I'll be using it for my future watercolors. The best part is that you can use them while the watercolor is still wet to create highlights. Since I was painting snow scenes for my holiday cards, this came in extremely handy.
I had my watercolor class tonight and I brought in some of my paintings for my students to see. One of my students really liked the watercolor that's pictured below. I told him that I set up a christmas cactus in some sunlight because the cactus had just bloomed and I only got to work on it for about 10 - 15 minutes before the sunlight disappeared. I started the painting boldly and by squinting and it actually came out really well.
I like to work free from "techniques", but I have tested the value of squinting at the beginning of the painting process and I find it extremely valuable in my own practice. Squinting enables a certain boldness and freshness that acts as a great base for further detail.
I'll be painting a bunch more and sharing more thoughts soon.