My little garden studio has been rewired so all power points, lights and heater are now working. Winter has arrived here and I NEED the heater! The studio also has had a small makeover and I’ve now got some good functional shelves to house extra bits and pieces and a wall cork-board where I can pin stuff that I need to be reminded of……….colour mixing etc. I struggle with understanding colour, but I’m getting there.
I’ve been busy watching and downloading ‘how to’ watercolour videos from YouTube. I’ve got heaps of books on watercolour, but really it is sooooo much better to watch techniques etc. in action. My trouble is my head is so full of this newfound ‘knowledge’ that it all goes out the window once that brush is in my hand and in my head there is just an empty space!!
Below is a couple of quick sky exercises I did (with some imaginary landscape quickly added on the bottom of the page). I’ve got a heap of cheap, student grade paper that I have from years back. I remember now why it is all still sitting there unused……….it’s a pig to work with – even the tape wouldn’t come off it (as you can see). In future, I’m going to keep that paper just for testing colours. I try hard to remember that my journey is a marathon and not a sprint! Sometimes (like all beginners) I’ll put something on the paper and I’ll think – that looks good! If it looks good, my logical tells me that it will look twice as good if I add more of the same. NO, NO, NO, it doesn’t work that way, quite the opposite in fact. Lesson to remember…………LESS IS MORE!!