Watercolor Words and Wanderings

A few words about the importance of painting/creating with others. Two classes ago we were working on a theme our teacher calls butterflies and blooms. Becky Darling taught us about really looking at the forms that leaves and butterflies are making and not just drawing what we think we “know” about what that leave looks like. Using tools like foreshortening, contrasting colors and values to create our leaves and wings. I was painting along mostly just having fun. I was thinking- I have too many W.I.P.’s to really give this project any heed, I need to focus on them. I was not even thinking about a finished project and just enjoying making shapes and mixing colors with little to no heed for any corners I might be painting my self into. After the first class was over- I looked at what I had done and grunted- YUCK!  We put our paintings out and discuss them at the end of class. I was embarrassed and was going to just show what I had worked on outside of class that week but Becky said “Oh- No- please put that out.” I waited for the silence. This is what generally happens in a class when folks are trying to find something positive to say about a piece of work. When the class came to critique my painting everyone said OMG those colors are the “IN” colors that people are using to design their houses and you should finish that one! I thought, gag, really? I brought it back the next week and worked on trying to recover the places that I thought were weak. The butterfly was done in 13 or 14 sweeps of the brush just to fill in something in what was the blank space.  I also thought the back ground needed some areas of interest but again felt I had created such an ugly painting. I was just almost doodling the back ground in…and again on the second critique from class others encouraged me to continue…so another lesson in Becky does NOT know best. I am learning so much this year and coming up on my one year anniversary of being full time artist. I thought this would be a more solo journey powered by my shear will power to become a good technical painter. I have found out that being successful as an artist is more connected to people than many of the jobs I have done in the past. Most of my jobs involved working in the service industry where others were relied on me and as it turns out I am now in need of others to support my endeavors, to help me find the path and stay the course and sometimes to believe in me when I cannot.  I love this life and am so very grateful. A year ago I left my weekly paycheck job and took the leap…. I will blog about that later. Above is the progress of the “birds and blooms” picture and below a picture of the actual Hairstreak butterfly. I like to show you what I was looking at and how much artistic license I take!  🙂 Until next week- Peace Bec


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Watercolor Words and Wanderings

According to Wikipedia-A fugitive is a person who is fleeing from custody. This is also a term used for paint. “A fugitive color is a pigment that, when exposed to certain environmental conditions such as sunlight, humidity, temperature or even pollution, is less permanent. Over time the color can change, lighten, darken or even almost disappear. Basically think of fugitive colors as temporary.” Says Birgit from the website below. http://www.artistsnetwork.com/medium/what-is-fugitive-color-watercolor-painting-tips-from-birgit-oconnor

I have been thinking about this because I have been painting crab apple trees in bloom. I use PERMANENT Alizarin Crimson, PERMANENT Rose and Perylene Maroon. Some folks I know use a bright pink called Opera. You can see the color here- http://www.cheapjoes.com/holbein-artists-watercolor-opera-15-ml.html  It is almost neon and as I suspected it is fugitive. So if I use it I will have to get digital copies of my work and not be able to sell the original as the color will probably fade – even if it is behind museum quality glass.

The green and yellow one is done by placing leaves on the paper and pouring paint around/over  it and allowing it to dry. This will be the beginning of some cool plant painting. Until next week- Peace- Bec



Watercolor Words and Wanderings

Hi All- Summer is coming on slowly this year- and the daffodils are loving it. I went this week with the En Plein Aire Group to Paint White River Junction. I got the drawing/perspective all wrong. I can see where I went wrong so clearly looking at the two dimensional photo of the scene. I knew the angles were off but fell into the trap of wanting to get painting….:)


Found these beautiful Tulips in Henniker, NH on Friday- after I put up 4 newly framed paintings at ST. Georges Café.

A study of flowers from art class on Tuesdays with Becky Darling..

Here is the rest of the week- started teaching again-good to be back! Until next week-

Peace Out- Bec

Watercolor Words and Wanderings

Color me unmotivated- I would like to tell you that I was busy helping this person or that person and, and, and…but truth is I just have not felt like painting. The few times I have painted in the last month have been joyful and fun. But getting out those paints started to feel like lifting a 100 pound weight. I was listening to The Colored Pencil Podcast and they were discussing how to find the time to create art- I ( thank god) have the time . So what on earth is the matter? I think I have  2 things going on. I am on a learning plateau and starting to wonder if I can break through to the next skill level. Earth to Brain- no chance of getting better if I do not practice! The other thing is that I wonder if I will ever have anything to “say”…if you know me personally you might be laughing as I have never been quiet-err well at least not since I was a little girl- but this is different. Should my art say something or is it enough to just be pretty? Is it OK to just be pretty?!

Here is what I have been up to- first time outside since October- it was a great day. I found a bunch of folks who also like to paint outside and so I will try to join them weekly. Here I am in Lyme NH looking over to VT.

Peace- Bec