Orange rose

I am enjoying doing these videos. I paint for ten minutes, edit the video for an hour and then all the uploads and everything take another hour. It is time-consuming but a fun new thing that I am learning to do, which is good. I am still trying to figure out things like lighting, GoPro settings and editing the video. It will take a while for me to figure it all out, but in the meantime I better figure out how I should store the gigs and gigs of data this video-making is producing :-)

Today's painting is a quick floral study. I like doing these because they lend themselves beautifully to watercolor, the organic shapes provide a wonderful opportunity to practice brush work, incorporate hard and soft edges, and play with color. I hope you enjoy this video.

 

Man in canoe

After almost an year and a half of frustration and disappointment, things are finally looking up for me with watercolor. I am almost entirely self-taught in art, most of my learning coming from books, videos and a ton of sweat and tears a.k.a practice. Days like today, it is nice to know that all that effort was worth it and that things are finally on an upwrd trajectory. 

I did a painting today from a photograph. I was mainly interested in the light and shadow in the photo and that is what I tried to capture here.  

I am not in love with the style, I would have personally liked it to be sketchier, but I am happy with the technique.  

Man in canoe

Man in canoe