The last week my family have been away on holiday, our first in a very long time. We had a lovely time and I am pleased to say I even managed to keep up painting for my Make a Splash challenge.
#21 Lily Pad and Tadpoles. Don’t feel this one was as successful as i wanted, the white got a bit heavy again.
#22 Luggage. Trying a lighter more subdued palette.
#24 Rooster. We stayed on a farm so there were plenty of these beauties to inspire me.
#26 Peacock Feather. There was a peacock on the farm and his feathers were simply amazing (also they are extremely noisy birds)
#27 Flower Doodle. I happened to pop into an art shop and picked up a few new colours which ended up looking pretty good together, this was my little test to try them.
# 28 Blackberry Flowers
I wish I had gotten more done while I was away, 50 paintings still seems like a stretch for this month. But keeping up a habit when your schedule is disturbed is a challenge in itself.
I hope you all had a great week and I look forward to catching up with all your work.
Hot on the heels of some pieces I really liked of course are ones that I don’t think are nearly so good, but they all count towards the 50 paintings.
#18 Red Clover. This was an experiment in making a dark background. I actually like the effect but just need to refine the edges so I get a crisper image. It’s a bit nervewracking because you need to work fairly quickly with watercolour but painting around all those details is painstaking work.
#19 Moth and Honeysuckle. Simple image I did late at night when I was feeling rather tired.
#20 Morning Coffee. Oh man, do you ever have one of those pieces where you have a good idea but fail on the execution? Yeah, that. I ended up cropping a huge part of this painting out because the perspective of the croissant was really weird and somehow I managed to smear a huge part of the cafetiere. The saucer is a weird dark colour too and I couldn’t decide whether or not to do shadows. I could go on and on, but the plus side is I still like the idea and wish I really had teacups with Russian dolls.
Still going to push through the pain and get some more done. Have you ever had a real painting disaster? If you had I’m hoping you didn’t have to post it for the sake of a challenge.
So I had to make an edit to my last post about Every Day in May, apparently I’m not doing that at all since it’s a very specific set of challenges. Which is fine, at the moment I feel very full doing my Make a Splash challenge paintings. Of course realising that I didn’t need to do birds everyday was equally liberating because I got a sudden urge to do florals again.
#16 Peonies. I love the composition on this and how it turned out. I am keeping up with the more illustrative approach that I used for my Wagtails and I love the effect. My husband even commented how it reminds him of stained glass. It is rare for me to genuinely like a piece of my own work so I am gifting this to my mother for Mothers’ Day, hope she likes it!
#17 Icelandic Poppies. Maybe the composition isn’t as strong on this one but oh those deep rich colours have been something I’ve been chasing for a long time. Much happier with the detail on this too, I used a very tiny brush for the hairs and a script liner for the veins on the petals.
Every month of my art challenge so far I feel like I’ve been a different sort of artist enamoured with a different style and medium. And that is part of the fun really. Some days I just want to pick up a pen and go do some urban sketching, or life drawing but this watercolour challenge has forced me to focus in a way I haven’t done before. The last 3 pieces have all been full A4 sized paintings, finished paintings. It’s a goal I wasn’t sure I’d even achieve by the end of this year. 5 months in I’m finally starting to enjoy my own work and see where I want to be going as an artist.
Have you had an artistic epiphany? A moment where you felt like it was all starting to click?