Yesterday I promised that I will post the finished watercolor painting I started the other day. Below is the reference photo I used.
And this is my watercolor version.
- canson 200gsm watercolor paper
- lemon yellow, winsor yellow, winsor orange, burnt sienna, alizarin crimson, permanent sap green, olive green, winsor violet, payne’s gray and ivory black from winsor and newton
- cadmium yellow deep, quin magenta and mineral violet from holbein
- brushes from escoda, cotman and daler rowney in sizes 6,2, and a liner brush
- masking tape
- No first times on a first big painting. As I have been warned before in my many mixed media groups, to test materials first before using them in bigger pages. I did two first things in this painting. (1) I used a practice paper with a wet on wet technique in mind. Though the paper at 200gsm was quite thin, I was banking on what the label claimed it to be, a 200gsm paper. Also there were no previous practice of the technique with this kind of paper. The last practice paper I used for the technique was a moleskine watercolor paper also at 200gsm. Bad move. (2) I used a new brush (because I was so excited to own an artist grade brush) that I did not try it on any paper. Turned out it loved water like no other. I’m used to using synthetic brushes, how come I decided not to use the brushes I am already comfortable with. Beats me (angry face emoticon here).
- Do not put confidence before skill. I learned this the hard way. I was confident I could tackle the task because I was the one who dared myself. But lo and behold, not even half way through the process my confidence deflated faster than a balloon. I relied so much upon the small (A6 size) practice piece I did prior (apologies I have not posted it yet, but I will next week).
- Do not aim for something you do not have training for or better yet, no substantial amount of practice time rendered. Truthfully, I wanted a realistic watercolor painting. The resulting painting was far from being realistic. If realistic is the route I want to take, then I should get classes. Maybe an online class can give me a kick start.
- No matter the outcomes whether you like it or not, continue. When you stop, there is no learning. No learning leads to no progress.
- Give yourself credit for deciding to do something and finishing it. I gave myself a pat on the back before this posting. Love your own as my husband would always remind me. I do love my painting. I am proud of it. Its my first big endeavor. I will have it framed and display it in our living area. It will be a reminder for me to dream more, push myself more and be an inspiration to others.
I dared. I conquered with hope. I am grateful for His blessings.
I will try to make another lily painting on a more sturdier paper and with more control of water and usage of brush and with my ever reliable motto – lets see how deep the rabbit hole goes.