I completed the Every Day in May sketches, but had difficulties figuring out how to upload images from my cell phone camera, so couldn't figure out how to post them. Now that our delightful familiy wedding is over, I've found the bandwidth to figure it out, have got it down and am moving on.
Our local watercolor group had a critique session last week with master
artist Manette Fairchild. It was a very positive and friendly
experience, and the take-aways that I took were: 1) don't be afraid to
be bold and creative, even while you're learning to develop your
technique; 2) strengthen the values contrasts; 3) make sure there is
only one center of interest and that it's not in the center; 4) if you
don't like the composition of your painting, you can always try cropping
it--play around with a mat and see how it looks being framed in
different places. Here are 3 versions of an unfinished
painting...before I go on, I wanted to see which version I wanted to
work on. Actually, they are all the same painting, just cropped in
different places. Feedback welcomed!!
Another important thing about this painting is that I (almost) completely let go of my self-judgement around doing it. Even though I was holding all the advice about composition in the back of my mind, knowing that I could always crop later was very freeing. I was able to approach the whole thing as a fun exercise, allow my curiosity to run free, and, even when things weren't working, enjoy the process of figuring out whether there was a way to solve the problems that arose.
I'm glad to be back into a creative rhythm again and intend to keep rolling right along!