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.
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