Do you ever get just plain old TIRED – either after painting or doing some kind of art, or even worse, in the middle?
I had that experience recently and over the last few years, and I explain it in today’s video. It seems to stem from trying too many hard things ALL at the same time. With some mediums you can do that, but with watercolor, tackling one little section at a time often doesn’t work.
Watch the video below or click HERE to view it over on YouTube.
The ripples and reflections in the water here were a bit off the wall – I loved the photo, I loved imagining the cloudy sky that would have caused the reflections to go so purple….but I didn’t think there was any way to explain the organic lines here. Ha! But I’ll be trying to paint different kinds of crazy water ripples like this in coming months, and if I discover some tips that prove valuable I’ll pass them on.
My Landscape Foundations classes are actually a perfect solution for the problem of fighting too many watercolor fires at once! I had intended them to be that way, not for the exhaustion reason though. Even though I had FELT the exhaustion, I thought it was from being out and learning all day at a workshop. Having that same feeling in the quiet of my studio, just from THINKING about how hard something was going to be to teach? ICk. I’ve had that on occasion with advanced cardmaking projects too; it’s one reason I’ve saved a lot of that for my classes, where I can have a more relaxed and coherent presentation of the concepts.
I hear from so many people that they get overwhelmed when painting, and in my live classes I used to teach, I heard more of that in detail. I suspect this problem may be the same thing I’ve experienced – I often had student who picked some kind of epic image to paint, and had innumerablle struggles. One leads to another, and to another – and I think if we bite off smaller chunks and really STUDY one part of a landscape before combining it with 12 other, we might all have better success. (Yes I’m talking to myself too!)
The newest in the Landscape Foundations series is now available though! Rocks and Ripples. I’ve got a couple of the lessons done and uploaded – so there’s plenty to get started – but my Vimeo weekly limit ran out on me, so I need to wait a couple days for it to reset! But don’t worry, the first lessons are plenty to keep you busy in the meantime. The other LF classes are all on the sale page too – or just go straight to the Rocks and Ripples class.
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