About a month ago, one of the gals in my Flower Mound Studio workshop and I discovered we had taken watercolor lessons from the same teacher over 20 years ago. I love when the circles close and the ends connect and I’m reminded once again we are all part of the same beautiful tapestry in this art journey. There are no coincidences. This also reminded me that what we refer to as an art journey is a road with twists, turns, diversions, potholes, mountain paths, treacherous tunnels, and those oh so glorious peaks along the way.
Lately I’ve been taking a few side roads, trying new ways of approaching familiar subjects. If Flower Mound Studio were a laboratory, all the beakers would be bubbling right now. I just ordered a whole set of colors in a new brand (stay tuned, I’ll be sharing tip videos on these soon!), and have spent the past 3 weeks experimenting with creating wet underpaintings in transparent gray tones, pulling out the shapes with my soft towels and finishing with opaque colors. Pink Cloud Peonies, shown here, was pulled from a bed of earth tones, and consists of extremely thin opaque color notes in most areas. There is a balance between what can be left undone, versus what requires a bit more attention, and I’m loving “less is more” with greater fervor each day!
Have you found a new approach, or some absolutely fabulous tool or color that makes your heart go pitty pat? If so, please share by commenting here. I bet I’m not the only one who would love to hear about your new treasures!
PS – Did you know there are a whole collection of free painting videos on my Facebook fan page? To get first ticklers when I go live, select “Like” and under “Follow” choose “see first.” Next look for the “videos” button and dive into all the color you love.
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