Finally we got some much needed rain today. The ground is so parched that what little precipitation we did get was absorbed instantly. Truthfully, we could use a little more rain but I don’t want to be a complainer. I’m trying like heck to reform some of my more negative bad habits and I think I just might do a little too much complaining.
Another of my bad habits is starting and not finishing projects, all kinds of projects. Lately I’ve begun trying to tackle them one-by-one and it feels good to be done, mark one off the list. Upstairs in my art room tonight I did a quick survey of the half-starts I’ve got laying around and picked up the watercolor sketch you see here.
The piece was dark, harsh, tight and overworked so I decided to wet the entire surface of the paper and scrub. What was left over was a misty, soft image that I found exciting. I then proceeded to wet both sides of the paper and dropped in combinations of ultramarine, vermilion and raw sienna. I made an effort to stay light in order to keep the softness that I find so appealing.
I like it much better now and realize that it can be fun to use this approach with a piece that’s not so good particularly because there’s nothing to lose. The original painting was jarring to the senses and after removing that top layer of paint I was able to begin again.
Allowing ourselves to explore like this can be a real education. Detaching from any particular outcome enables our creative juices to break free and fun to be had!