|mud hens in winter (based on a photo I took) 4 x 6" watercolor|
When I was packing to spend a week at my parents' place with my boys recently, I wanted to bring a creative project or two to work on while I was there. After discarding the ideas that would be difficult to pack, I decided to do something I hadn't done in far too long. Paint.
I realized that, besides painting scenes on large stage flats for VBS, I hadn't actually painted a picture since my oldest son was born. Really? Maybe I'm forgetting something, but the last picture I remember painting was while I was pregnant with him, about twelve years ago. As a kid I drew a lot of pictures (mainly horses). But when I got into high school and took every art class I could, I fell in love with painting. Acrylic is my favorite because it allows for infinite fine-tuning, laying light over dark when needed, and very precise control (and all this in the hands of a perfectionist equals very long projects). I also enjoy watercolors, which better lend themselves to quick projects, at least for me. I made sure all my tubes of watercolors were still good, grabbed a little 4x6 inch pad of watercolor paper that is bound on all sides (that I had saved for years), found some suitable brushes, and I was good to go!
I figured I would do some painting from life, and also printed some photos I had taken in case I wanted something different. Here are two from the first afternoon I got my paints out. And wow, it felt so great to paint again!
|Columbia River view (from life, July 2012) 4 x 6" watercolor|