I try to set up and paint at least 4 days a week now. Since my return from France I have been sharpening my watercolor painting skills. It's like you've heard a million times...practice makes perfect. I can see how this really applies in painting. I have seen much improvement in the last couple of months. Watercolor painting is so different from acrylics for sure. In many ways it is easier and also harder. It has me so intrigued by all the effects you can get when you add different amounts of water to your paper and your paint. I must admit...I'm hooked.
I've mostly been going off of photos from my past trips of France. This one was inspired by the beautiful gardens at Monet's home in Giverny, France.
I've also been experimenting with painting people. I find that it's not as difficult as I thought it was going to be. I am able to capture a softness when using this watered down medium.
With so much more to learn, I try to attempt new ideas for this mysterious medium. Nature and animals have always brought me joy when choosing a subject. I painted this swan last week which was taken from a photo of my time in Amboise, France. Leaving white space is so different when using watercolors. You must keep it clear. White paint is not necessary.
I experiment using different colors as well as subjects. The background of this painting is layers of chartreuse, yellow, magenta, cad orange and cad red.
In the four months of diving into watercolors, I am certain that practice makes better and I continue to practice, practice, practice.
I still pinch myself every time I think about my time in Provence. It was a dream come true. I was painting lavender fields!!!!! The smell, the sounds and the experience was everything I hoped for and more. Seven days of watercolor painting, awesome food, beautiful sights and great company all made up to a SUPERB GETAWAY!
Our instructor Tess Baker of "Painting Provence with Tess Baker" was more than just an watercolor instructor. She kept us laughing and singing lovely songs everyday that she made up on the spot. As she demonstrated on now to mix colors and lay out our compositions, it began to make sense on how it all comes together from start to finish. I learned so much and can't wait to dive into more watercolor paintings. Tess your THE BEST!
I got to meet 5 other amazing aspiring artists on this trip. All of these ladies were so sweet and considerate that it was so hard to say goodbye at the end of our time together. We were all so blessed to be together for that week. I know we will all stay in touch! Here's to you gals...Ann, Diane, Joanne, Kirsty and Toni!
Our chef Susie was SO WONDERFUL! She would prepare each day a delectable lunch and dinner for us (desserts included)! On location painting days she packed us a wonderful picnic lunch. There was never a day she didn't score a 100! I miss her so much!
On the last day we set up all of our paintings from the week and had our own private little exhibition. It gave us all a chance to see each others work more closely. I feel like I will never be the same as an artist. Already my wheels are turning on new ventures in teaching beginners how to paint. It's all too much fun to stay quiet!
You can find out more about Tess Baker's painting workshops on her website: https://paintprovencewithtess.com/
Some of my finished pieces from
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