I'm posting this blog to encourage my students in moving forward in watercolors. I remember when I first started out with watercolors that there were some situations where I was feeling constantly discouraged b/c it seemed like no matter how hard I tried, I just couldn't get it right and some people were certainly going to let me know! lol Don't get me wrong, I am ALL for constructive criticism to help students improve, BUT I believe that criticism must be tempered with encouragement so that the aspiring artist doesn't lose heart in the process of learning this beautiful medium.
Susan, you have such a peaceful way about you and you were doing a great job of softly laying in your colors. The colors that you chose to mix really worked well for your tree top and you're getting the hang of allowing the paint to blend on the page without overworking the pigment. Beautiful job!
Sarah, you have such a talented and creative side to you! I've seen your wonderful photography and I know that you're going to excel in art with just as much panache. You have a really great eye for balance and I thought that your tree came out very nicely. The tree top was such a soft and pleasing blend of color. Keep practicing whenever there's a "nap" break. :) I really do think that you're going to do well with this medium.
And, last, but certainly not least, my dear Karen! What a blessing you have been to me and how I missed you last night! You have come so far since I first met you over a year ago! Your cows have such personality and creative colors! You did a great job last week and I can't wait to see you again soon. Hugs! :)
SO, ladies, if you have a chance this week, read over the handouts that I gave you and maybe choose one or two things to practice from those handouts. Bring your work in next week and don't be afraid of failure or ruining a painting! I still ruin paintings on a pretty consistent basis! :) Every ruined painting is a lesson learned and failure can be one of the best teachers. I think that I wrote a post about that not too long ago.
Next week we'll be learning some simple flowers. I think that I'm going to have our lesson pre-sketched out for everyone so that we can get down to the nitty gritty of painting. I think that you are ready to start laying on more washes and practicing some of the techniques that we've been learning.
This week, try practicing some scraping, bushes and I would strongly encourage you to finish your color values painting and then paint it again. Bring it in for some positive constructive criticism next week!
Keep that tissue in hand and watch your water to pigment ratio. Experiment with blooms and salt (in moderation). Enjoy the process!
All in all, everyone has done a great job! Have a blessed week!