Time Out for Watercolors
When I want to learn a new technique/medium, I search out an artist whose work I admire and approach them about private lessons. This is how it happened that years ago I took private lessons from a local watercolor artist. Coming from an oil/acrylic painting background, I initially struggled with watercolors. It takes a very different way of thinking. But I persevered and grew to love watercolor painting. Then I got caught up in acrylic painting on cloth, and somehow my watercolors ended up on the back burner. Recently I have read two artists' blog posts about their return to watercolors, and it inspired me to dig mine out. I had forgotten how "zen" it is and how satisfying it is to finish painting and not have to think about how to finish the edges or hang it or embellish it --- it is done.
The watercolor above was inspired by a cluster of mushrooms that I photographed in a yard in Lawrence, KS during one of my trips there last year. I loved all the shades of brown and textures. I'm not sure if I did the mushrooms justice, but I am happy with the final result. Now I am contemplating a watercolor of Zeke.