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?