Thought I'd hold myself accountable this week.
One of my goals this year is to spend more time painting. Besides the art lessons I took when I was very small with my sisters (gosh, I must have mentioned previously that we dreaded those Sunday evenings because we were made to go), I'm basically self-taught.
And it has been such a surprisingly empowering path. Though I confess, it was extremely intimidating at first ...
So here's my first watercolour piece for this year. It's titled "Goodbye, Mrs. Henderson."
I started out knowing I wanted to paint a forest. That was all. Then ideas streamed in. A realistic watercolour painting? (I'm terrible at painting 'realistic' as it turns out. Never mind, I still enjoy looking at those even if I can't paint them.) A children's book tone? Mmmh ... yea, I can try that. How about adding an animal? A duck, since it's one of the first animals Olive recognizes. Blue ~ my favourite colour. Add in a scarf. She's going somewhere. She's leaving. Leaving the farm. Leaving the child she's grown up with. If this is part of a children's story, it'd be told from the child's point of view about how her childhood friend (perhaps a motherly friend?) is leaving. Hence, "Goodbye, Mrs. Henderson."
For this second piece, all I knew starting out was that I wanted an evening sky. Then the idea of a library and the others just walked in gradually during sketching. I haven't thought of a title for this yet. Any suggestions?
I can tell after each piece is complete which areas I like and which I don't. I know where I'd need to improve in the next session. It's this sort of learning that sparks a tickle in the stomach.
My friend, Barbara (over at March House Books), is happy to report that she has been sticking to her goals of practising Pilates and taking hourly walks each day. I'm happy to report I've been sticking to most of my goals, too. Not all, I know, but so far so good. Will keep going.
Thanks for joining me this week. I hope you've enjoyed "Goodbye, Mrs. Henderson" and the Currently-Untitled piece. Keep doing what you love in February, too!
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