Bring on the goals and challenges I created for myself for this year, the ones I spent this past week finalizing along with my expense/income for 2011 for tax time and budget for 2012. I'm anxious to get back to "just studio time" after all this business (necessary, don't get me wrong) stuff.
I've noticed lots of my blog sources are also tauting the importance of measurable, short term goals, the kind that you can complete in a short amount of time. One blog in particular struck me (sorry I can't give proper credit since I do read so many) as pretty relevant. He said short term goals can give you the impetus to continue working towards the long term goals. The rewards of a completed goal (task, you name it to suit yourself) are right there, right now and each success builds on the other. Good words of wisdom there!
Painting number two of 2012 is finished. I will admit I started painting number one last year---that sounds strange---in December. I'm well on my way to painting one watercolor per week. Painting number three has a background done in multicolors to give me glow in a snow scene. Have any of you painted this way?
Phillip Metzer first introduced me to this way of beginning a watercolor. Judy Betts in a book of hers (or she was featured in a watercolor instructional book I have in my library) also used mulitple light washes of various hues( usually using a contrasting hue in an area, like reddish for foilage areas, etc.) in her landscapes to give them that extra glow. Snow scenes lend themselves to this particular trick (for lack of better terminology). When I paint in watercolor, I particularly enjoy the layering upon layering of colors (actually in my oils too and to keep the transparancy I use Liquin and sometimes specifically transparent colors, Rembrandt brand) to give depth.
In the painting (number two) I just finished I tried Arches watercolor board, 140# cold press for the first time. I taped the edges because I'm a "wet" painter and didn't want to risk the paper separating from the board (others can tell me if I was over cautious). I've used board before, Cresent to be specific, and have had board and paper separate, no fun for sure. This cold press worked similarly to paper but was naturally firmer. I did try the salt trick that I like in backgrounds of snow scenes so I didn't use Metzer/Betts trick. This salt sprinkled onto wet paint was not as successful as when I use salt on my regular 200# cold-press paper. I thought, what the heck, so I got out the alcohol (not the drinking kind) and tried flicking it over the paper. This seemed not to work at all. Rather than risk the underwater bubbles effect I get when I use alcohol and a brush (not my best) and let it drip-drop onto the already painted paper, I left well enough alone and proceeded with my painting.
The subject of painting number two is icicles, first time I've attempted them in seriousness in watercolor. I haven't yet photographed it so I can't share it just yet. I enjoyed when I painted "Ice on Twigs" in oil but that was all an "additive process" that you do when painting oils. Mostly I left the white of the paper , the lazy way, I know, with masking fluid. Anyway, I'm pleased and maybe the "painting fairy" will come tonight and improve it in my eyes even more.
If any of you haven't tried the tricks and papers as mentioned above perhaps they could be part of your short term goals for this year. For me it's on to painting #3!