Mis?adventures in Watercolor: Lessons Learned


So.  I haven’t been posting much artwork lately.  I was in a funk, artwise, between weather-change, and sinus infection,and all the dreary stuff we Oregonians put up with this time of the year.  I decided to back off a bit and let myself regenerate.  Sometimes you just have to simmer tell the flavor is at its peak, lol!  I think it has helped and I’ve been busy this weekend.

I did two watercolors.  It’s been fun having the Daniel Smith try-it dots.  I can pick up my watercolor books and choose a project, and have all the colors necessary!  No trying to decide what other color might work.  I’m still using the original 66 try-it dot page, but I had to get into the 238 try-it dots for a couple of colors.

The lessons I learned from these two works?  The cat is an adaptation from a project in Grant Fuller’s Watercolor A to Z workbook).  I decided to use Grant’s color choices, but use a different photo reference.  My photo didn’t show the whole cat, and I had trouble imagining what wasn’t there.  As a result, my cat is a bit off–two styles that don’t quite mesh.  Almost.  Lesson learned?  Either use my imagination or use a reference, unless I know the subject really, really well.

The flowers came from a project in Robin Berry’s How to Paint Watercolor Flowers.  I’m starting to get the hang of color-mixing and when the project called for Sap Green, I wondered if I was going to get mud.  I did.  Sap Green is one of those colors that differs greatly from manufacturer to manufacturer.  Mine seemed too yellow to go with the purple madder and scarlet lake, and it was.  I was using it in a background, where Robin had none.  So my lesson learned–when following someone else’s project, sometimes I need to listen to the author, and sometimes I need to use my own good sense.  But most of all, I still need to learn which and when, lol!  A life lesson we all struggle with!

Author: Life Imitates Doodles Art, Reviews & Tutorials

Artist Ambassador for Zebra Pens. I'm a self-taught artist who dances about with all sorts of artistic mediums. My main loves are Watercolor, Zentangle and Ballpoint pen. The subjects of my work are many and varied and change at whim. I'm a little bit crazy, but doesn't that come with being an artist? At my Life Imitates Doodles Blog, I post a list of resource links for Tangles, Tutorials and Giveaways two times a week. I also write reviews, hold giveaways and share my art work.

2 thoughts on “Mis?adventures in Watercolor: Lessons Learned”

  1. These are really nice. I just ordered that one book about negative painting that you mentioned in one of your posts.

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