Let me just say something here.....I must ashamedly admit that when I started watercolors, I might have entertained the idea that I was truly the cat's pajamas. Let me also say that I am truly, for "real life" (as Tirzah says) NOT the cat's pajamas and I don't know why I ever thought that I was in the first place....lol (yes, I am hanging my head in artistic shame)
Being at ArtSpace, attending First Friday, while it has been a wonderful time and I have LOVED every minute of it....it has truly humbled me with the knowledge that I am very much a baby in the field of art...a preemie, really!...I almost feel like I'm starting over again with all of the wonderful new techniques and lessons that I've had.
Okay, that being said, now that I am properly humbled by all of the awesome ArtSpace talent that I've witnessed, let's talk about what I've learned!
I have this annoying habit of desperately needing to FINISH a painting in one sitting. Note to self....a painting needs to sit overnight before it's finished...maybe even sit for a week or two weeks (that's stretching it big time for me) A GOOD painting needs to be put away and looked at again with fresh eyes later....b/c inevitably one will notice something that needs to be fixed, added on, darkened or lightened. Tis' true and I'm slowly learning to master this difficult discipline. :)
I know all of you artsy people are reading this and wishing that I will get to the point, so here's the main idea for this blog. Paint your art and set it aside. Come back to it in a few days with fresh eyes. It's amazing what will pop out at you.
Check it out. I've painted this child twice.
Here's the first try:
Then, I recently decided to paint it again and see if I'd improved:
I let this sit for a bit and today I finally decided that there needed to be some major changes. The hair was too straggly, the colors needed a boost, the skin tone wasn't "rosy" enough....time for another watercolor makeover and thanks to my good and faithful friend, gouache, I was able to fix some issues:
Here's my crop:
SO much to learn, SO little time....Enjoy the journey, says I to myself.
I heart Pam! :)