Yesterday I started a watercolor journal. My sister and brother-in-law have been bestowing upon me all manner of wonderful art supplies, including watercolors, waterbrushes, watercolor pencils and paper galore. Three of the pads of 140-lb paper are really conducive to journaling, and after I purchased a set of Pigma Micron pens for detail work and making margin notes, I decided to give it a go.
Writers are always told to “write what you know,” so I decided to start painting what I know best, my immediate environment. Yesterday on Facebook I posted this watercolor sketch of the view outside the window to the right of my desk downstairs:
Since I had time today, I decided to add another, this time from a photo of my daughter in the kitchen, and post a bit about the process. I sometimes wish I was the kind of person who could just slap down some paint and call it art, but most paintings take at least some planning, especially watercolor paintings. Today I started with a sketch on a sheet of legal pad paper and transferred it to the watercolor pad:
Then I used a few washes, limited palette:
Added some Micron pen details and more wash layers:
And after the final details:
Part of making art is knowing when to stop adding details, and I should have stopped before trying to put a plate on the counter. Our dishes have a very detailed and colorful Mexican pattern, and I tried to depict that, but a simple plate would have sufficed, or it could even have been left out altogether. But hey, live and learn; this is just a journal. I’m enjoying the process and having fun painting again.
Okay, I’m off to shoot some photos while we have a partly sunny and dry day to do so. I wish everyone a good week!