Did you know that July is World Watercolor Month? This was started by Charlie O'Sheilds of Doodlewash. So, this post is dedicated to my recent little foray into watercolor.
At the end of May my family and I took a vacation to coastal Maine and then spent a few days in the White Mountains of New Hampshire. I knew we would be spending the entire vacation outdoors, biking or hiking and just enjoying God's creation all around us. This is such a beautiful part of our country and I was also looking forward to working some plein air painting in my little watercolor journal.
I think that artists can benefit from working in other mediums from time to time. For my little detour from gourds, I had a goal to working on a few small scale paintings from life. Although I failed in my "one painting a day" goal, I still got a some pages in my new watercolor journal filled, and I am now working on some from the photos I took so I can complete my journal.
I thought it would be fun to share what I have done in my watercolor journal so far. These are not masterpieces! But that is the point, there is a lot of room for improvement and for me that inspires me to try at it more.
I hope you enjoyed your little tour! Working plein air was challenging, but I think those are my favorite paintings. Taking the time to really sit and observe a place, not only seeing but taking it all in using all the senses, sounds, smells, touch, the paintings then bring back memories much stronger than the photos. I do intend to complete the pages using my photos, but I also will try and make a greater effort to paint more plein air in the future.
Do you have a "alternate" art medium or craft that you like to dabble in now and then? Please leave a comment and share!
Art has always been a part of my life, and I have worked in many different mediums.