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Its been 3 longs months that I haven’t painted! The house move killed my mojo I think and although it was always at the back of my mind that I should get back to it, it wasn’t till I started feeling a little depressed this week, that I knew I had to get out my paints and brushes. Even though I just started painting, it has become my zen place, even when I don’t paint. Its the place I go to in my head when I’m upset or stressed and it instantly calms me down.

But this week, when I was suddenly hit with a bad case of the blues, (I cried while watching an especially emotional episode of RuPaul’s Drag Race…yes thats how bad it got! LoL!), I knew I had to sit down and paint again.  A close friend told me its because I’m detoxing… I have too much energy, I get bored and then depressed. Even going to the gym 4 times a week didn’t help. It was like a drug. I would get high on the exercise, but after the euphoria was gone, I was still left with the blues…and painful butt and thighs!

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So after a morning of moping around feeling depressed, I said “Enough”! I got up and did the housework, which depressed me even further, but at least the house was clean and I didn’t have to deal with the extra guilt of not cleaning! I wasn’t try to avoid feeling the blues, I just let it wash over me. It helps that I know it won’t last. And every bout of depression (about once every 5 years now…) is like a wake up call for me, telling me I have to change something. When I was in my early twenties, I think I was bi-polar as I would be high one week and so low the next. During that period, I changed my haircut every month as I couldn’t change anything else! Since then I’ve changed friends, countries, jobs & life situation afew times, my perspective to life… and now I’m not sure what I should change. Everything is as perfect as it can be…or so it seems…

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In the meantime, I started painting again and it has helped calm me down. I’m still following  Jenna Rainey’s “Everyday Watercolor” book. Its a “Learn to paint in 30 days” type of book…its been 6 months since I started! The day I finish the book will be one of celebration! The next lesson is to paint a fruit and I can’t wait to get started as I want to be a food painter I think, since I’m such a foodie! Especially since I just discovered Charlie O’Shield’s blog Doodlewash. I love his paintings and the way he writes. His last post about diets, or rather not dieting, and trying to find a balance between doing what we love and life’s obligations, was especially relevant to me at the moment.

Well thanks for sticking till the end of an unusually emotional post. Its helped to write it down, although I haven’t had the “aha” moment while writing, but I’m sure it’ll come… or not, I’m not really stressing about it.

Thanks for stopping by and have a great weekend!

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Learning to Watercolour – Day 1

Everyday Watercolor, Painting, Watercolor

I started learning to watercolour quite a few times now 😉 but none of the online courses I have taken really taught me what I needed to know…like how to load a brush for example, and especially, how to bend a leaf the way I want it to! Then I discovered Jenna Rainey’s book called “Everyday Watercolor” and it is teaching me everything I need to know as a beginner…like how to properly wet my brush to start with! So today will be the start of my 30day journey with her book, as I try to become a better watercolour artist and I hope you’ll join me and support me in my endeavour. I have also created a Facebook & Instagram page just for my watercolour creations, so if you want to follow me there too, that would be sooo great!

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So the first day of the course started with just playing with one colour and adding black… and learning how to load my brush! (Have you understood that this point has been frustrating for me LoL!) I was trying to create nice bleeds from one square to another and instinctively I drew my squares into a circle! Does it mean I’m a well rounded person or do I feel the need to protect myself or…

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This piece was all about trying to control my water on my brush so as to eliminate the puddle at the end of a brush stroke, or at least control where I put it but still have enough water to create bleeds into another square… It was not easy. Is it possible to eliminate the puddle completely or is it just part of the joys of water colouring?

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This piece is actually part of Day 2. I’ve drawn circles before, but not doing it the right way so I thought I’d try again. The movement of holding my brush upright and rotating my wrist is not easy but I’m getting there. Whats puzzling for me is why I get “veins” in my circles? Is it my paints, paper, amount of water…? I’m using DaVinci Maestro Kolinsky brush, Winsor and Newton watercolours and Canson cold pressed 300g paper, although its the other side of an already painted paper so I’m going to try again today on a clean new paper to see if something changes.

Thanks for stopping by and any helpful tips would be much appreciated! Have a great day!

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