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December 16, 2008
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WATERCOLOR PAINTING JUST GOT EASIER FOR YOU

NO MORE TIME WASTING WITH TRIAL AND ERROR

SUPRISE YOUR CLOSE ONE'S WHEN THEY SEE YOUR PAINTINGS

IF YOU THINK YOU CAN PAINT OR IF YOU THINK YOU CANNOT PAINT YOU ARE RIGHT.

YOU CAN LEARN TO PAINT BEAUTIFUL WATERCOLORS.

 

Thank you for letting us come into your home every Tuesday, and hope you will welcome us in the coming year.

If there is an item, question, or anything we can do to improve your painting,  Please ask.

PROTECTING THE ARTIST CHILD WITHIN.

Remember, your artist is a child.  Find and protect that child.  Learning to let yourself create is like learning to walk.

The artist child must begin by crawling.  Baby steps will follow and there will be falls----yecchy first painting.

Typically, the recovering artist will use these early efforts to discourage continued exploration.

Judging your early artistic efforts is artist abuse.  This happens in any number of ways: beginning work is measured against the masterworks of other artists; beginning work is exposed to premature criticism, shown to overly critical friends.

In short, the fledgling artist behaves with well-practiced masochism.  Masochism is an art from long ago mastered, perfected during the years of self-reproach; this habit is the self-hating bludgeon with which a shadow artist can beat himself right back into the shadows.

In recovering from our creative blocks, it is necessary to go gently and slowly.  What we are after here is the healing of old wounds - not the creation of new ones.

No high jumping, please!  Mistakes are necessary! Stumbles are normal.  These are baby steps.  Progress, not perfection, is what we should be asking of ourselves.

Too far, too fast, and we can undo ourselves.  Creative recovery is like marathon training.  We want to log ten slow miles for every one fast mile.  This can go against the ego's grain.  We want to be great - immediately great - but that is now how recovery works.  It is an awkward, tentative, even embarrassing process.

There will be many times when we won't look good - to ourselves or anyone else.  We need to stop demanding that we do.

It is impossible to get better and look good at the same time.

Remember that in order to recover as an artist, you must be willing to be a bad artist.  Give yourself permission to be a beginner.

By being willing to be a bad artist , you have a chance to be an artist, and perhaps, overtime, a very good one.

When I make this point in teaching, I am met by instant, defensive hostility:  "But do you know how old I will be by the time I learn to really paint well".

Yes......the same age you will be if you don't.

So let's start with this quick demo on painting boats.

STEP #1

Pencil sketch just for the two boats.  You may not be able to see the faint lines.

 

 

STEP #2

Applied Drawing Gum to the areas that needed to be white.  Not sure about Drawing Gum - go to "Techniques" (left side home page) - click up will come Masking Fluid.

 

 

STEP #3

Winsor Green (Thalo Green - P.G.7 on your tube) - mixed with Permanent Alizarin Crimson.

Paint in trees and reflections working from right to left.

Add Burnt Sienna far left.

 

 

STEP#4

Foreground using Winsor Yellow, Raw and Burnt Sienna.

Washed (large brush)  Yellow leaving areas for tide pools, while wet paint both Sienna's into the Yellow.

Paint in tide pools, Light Blue.

 

This should be a light gray, but the camera was acting-up a little - SORRY

 

STEP #5

Paint in boats, you can try any colors you like (not happy with my choice).

But create form (volume) with varying the values of the colors, do not paint solid colors, it will cause the boats to look flat, pasted on look.

 

 

STEP #6

When the whole painting was dry.  Washed a light Perm. Rose over the whole sheet (maybe I should have not done that).

But I wanted to emphasize a point if you lay a wash over existing painted items, nothing bad will happen, using a very light touch, do not go over any spot twice.  Get in softly and get out quickly.

 

 

STEP #7

Added a few details on foreground, wiped out base of distant trees.

 

 

NEXT WEEK.

As I have the opportunity to see some of your paintings, shapes, values and light.  Will be with you next time I come calling.

 

ENGLISH SENSE OF HUMOR

The Nasty Parrot

Jim received a parrot for Christmas. The parrot was fully grown, with a very bad attitude and worse vocabulary.

 

Every other word was an expletive; those that weren't expletives were, to say the least, rude. Jim tried to change the bird's attitude by constantly saying polite words, playing soft music... anything he could think of. Nothing worked.

 

He yelled at the bird, and the bird got worse. He shook the bird, and the bird got madder and more rude.

 

Finally, in a moment of desperation, Jim put the parrot in the freezer. For a few moments he heard the bird swearing, squawking, kicking and screaming and then, suddenly, there was absolute quiet.

 

Jim was frightened that he might have actually hurt the bird, and quickly opened the freezer door.

 

The parrot calmly stepped out onto Jim's extended arm and said, "I'm sorry that I offended you with my language and my actions, and I ask your forgiveness. I will endeavour to correct my behaviour".

 

Jim was astounded at the changes in the bird's attitude and was about to ask what had changed him, when the parrot continued, "May I ask what the Chicken did?"

 

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