Here are some of my watercolors that were purchased in December for holiday gifts which is always so much fun. They now have new homes in Arizona, Texas, Florida, North Carolina, Minnesota, Washington, Michigan, New Mexico, Colorado, Virginia and New York!
One of the great things about watercolor painting is that you can easily combine it with other media. For Calla Lily Dreams I began by painting on wet paper and letting the colors run and mix, being careful to leave some white areas for the flowers. I think collaged on very thin pieces of rice paper to add dark textured areas around the flowers. When all was dry I used negative painting to define shapes and added more rice paper with musical notes stamped on. Every once and it while it is nice to shake things up creatively!
Do you consider yourself creative? The definition of creative is "
relating to or involving the imagination or original ideas, especially in the production of an artistic work." Many of us live a creative life but we shy away from calling ourselves 'creative' or an 'artist." We think that it opens us up to judgement or that we are not good enough.
One of the first steps in our Creative Journey is to embrace our love of creative and artistic pursuits whether it is needlecraft, decorative painting, sculpting, drawing or painting. Embrace your artistic self and don't be afraid to share it!
My own Creative Journey has gone from doing crafts/needlework as a child to architectural drawing in college to decorative painting classes as an adult. When I discovered watercolor over twenty years ago I immediately fell in love with the free and spontaneous nature of the medium. I love seeing the paint mix and flow on wet paper, I love the bright pure colors, I love to spatter the paint, I love when happy accidents happen and I love the many ways that I can play and experiment with watercolor!
It is a new day and a new year - what are your Creative Goals for 2015? Do you like making New Year resolutions? If you do make them do you keep them? Whether you make an official set of goals or just like to fly by the seat of you pants why not make this the year to let you Inner Artist come out and play - finger paint, use lots of glitter, draw with sidewalk chalk, start an art journal, take a new art class - whatever it takes to free yourself up and begin your own Creative Journey!
Well, it has been a few weeks since I have been able to post because my computer decided to totally shut down. Luckily, we were able to retrieve everything and transfer it over to a new computer. I decided to live dangerously and switched from a PC to a Mac - luckily our son is home and can tutor me on using a completely new system. I am slowly adjusting to it but love my new Mac so far!