As promised, here are the rest of my watercolors that I’ve done during the lockdown/social distancing period. First up are some of my usual landscapes (the fireworks one is a new technique using wax crayons, which is really fun to do):
Then I tried a few loose-style flower paintings to practice my brush strokes (following the tutorials of Snowberry Design Co, Shayda Campbell, and DearAnn Art). I’m still not there yet (my sunflowers look more like daisies), but they’re fun:
Now that I’m back to work, I may not touch my painting supplies again for a long time, but we’ll see.
As I’ve mentioned in my post a couple of weeks ago, I’ve been using this extra time during the isolation/social distancing period to get back into my watercolors. I had this idea of painting a series of landscapes based on places I’ve traveled to, and another series of flowers in our garden, but I’m not good enough to paint on my own yet, so I’ve only been practicing with Youtube tutorials like makoccino, Draw with Shiba, and Karen Rice. What I really like about these channels is that they don’t require a lot of drawing. I can’t draw to save my life, so they’re perfect for me. I’m still struggling to control my washes – they often end up too light or too heavy – and my brushstrokes are terrible, but at least I’m having fun, and that’s all that matters (uh, I may have just inadvertently quoted “Father Ted” there. Been rewatching that a lot too.)
Anyway, on to the paintings:
I may paint more as long as the isolation lasts, so stay tuned!
I just remember that I never got around to posting the last batch of my Doodlewash paintings. I feel a little bad about posting them three months after the challenge ended, but at least it’s better than not posting them at all.
Overall, it’s been really fun to do these small paintings. I even won a small prize – a watercolor pad – for “perseverance” from the Facebook group where I learned about the challenge in the first place! I’ve been busy since school started so I haven’t painted anything new, but the prize has given me an idea for a new project. I don’t know how long it’ll take me to complete it, but I will definitely post it on the blog once I’m done.
Here’s the second batch of my June Doodlewash paintings/sketches. July is turning out to be busier than I thought, so I don’t think I can participate in this month’s challenge, but it’s been really fun. My skill really improves by painting every day, I got more comfortable with drawing (I’ve never been great at drawing anyway) and my control of the colors and the amount of water got a lot better too. Hopefully I can paint more regularly once the entrance exams are over.
I haven’t touched my watercolor set in over 6 months, but when a group of watercolorists I follow on Facebook posted a Doodlewash challenge for June, I decided it was the incentive I needed to get back to painting regularly. Basically, you’re given a list of prompts, and you draw/paint/sketch one each day (for several a day, like I did, because I had a late start) for an entire month. I have heard of Doodlewash before, but this is the first time I try one of their monthly prompts, and it’s a lot of fun. I may try more in the future!
Anyway, here are the first 10 “doodles” of the challenge:
More to come once I complete them all!