Wishing all my friends out there a very happy and inspiration filled New Year. Weather you paint, draw, write or dream make this coming year really work for you!
This watercolour painting comes to you from sunny Mollymook with a heap of new revelations for me!
1. It’s not that hard…
I’ve found the more fun you have with it, the better it turns out! …BUT, I’ve always thought I had to make it worth every cent (if selling) therefore sweat and toil and in the end, something too hard to even look at! Enjoyment, not work…is the key! Wow, that’s a biggy for me!
2. Actually waiting for layers to dry…
Makes it so much quicker and easier! The first layer in particular is so important and it doesn’t need any hard edges in it, it just helps with the atmosphere!
3. Premixing a few colours…
I’ve found, that after choosing my initial trio of red, yellow and blue, if I premix a few colours it makes life so much easier, in particular if going out plein-air.
For the initial sketch, plein-air is the only way to go. Sometimes I sift through hundreds of photos looking for inspiration, instead of just getting out there. This view below is kind-a how you actually see it, but I have attached another photo, that includes all the main elements, but certainly doesn’t have the feel of our beach, but I believe the painting does.
5. Painting figures isn’t so hard
I’ve always struggled painting figures, until all these revelations hit me at once. It’s not meant to be hard just to suggest something. It doesn’t have to be perfect!
I could probably ramble on some more, but our lovely grandkids are arriving in a minute! They stay with Nanny and Poppy every New Year’s Eve! It’s a ritual and as it’s raining outside, guess what Nanny bought them to play with….Yes, you got it… plenty of paint and paper for all! 🙂
Happy New Year my friends!!