“The voice of our original self is often muffled, overwhelmed, even strangled, by the voices of other people’s expectations.”
― Julia Cameron
The cure for me is refilling and play.
Author Mike Stackpole, once said something to the effect of the hardest part of writing is putting your butt in the chair. For painting, it is putting it on paper. There are a thousand things you can do once you are in your work space, prep work, cleaning, preliminary sketches, choosing what to paint. But it is at the point where you touch brush to paper that the process really begins. I have been working on the list of prompts for #WorldWaterColorMonth and have been busily putting them on Paper. While some of them I love and I am thrilled with how well they came out. Other painting I like only a portion of, or dislike. I am still happy that I did them.
This post is part of #Microblogmondays, an event hosted by Melissa at http://www.stirrup-queens.com/ the point of which is to create a post that is between 1 word to 8 sentences long at home, on your blog, rather than on other social media. Welcome to those visiting from there.
My latest watercolor was one of the many almost finished paintings that have collected at the afraid to ruin it stage. As I first played around with the idea of posting works in progress I took this picture of its early stages.
I was so very pleased with how the water looked. This lead to me starting several other paintings with water with the predictable result that I improved with practice. Now I look at this water and wish it looked better.
I thought about going in and trying to rework the water, but decided that it was finished. The going in and reworking stands a much great chance of ruining what I have here.
There is a balance between my new-found joy at being able to go back into a watercolor painting and reworking it to pieces. So here it is, my latest work, At the Water’s Edge.