Monday, June 14, 2010

June 14, 2010 - Day 308

Da Vinci watercolor on 140 lb Bockingford cold press watercolor paper

What a difference 8 months has made in my art! On September 27, 2009 - Day 48 - I attempted to paint a rose (top picture) and failed miserably. Tonight I painted another rose and the results are so much better. The funny thing is that from what I can remember I used the same technique to paint both roses.

I think the difference is that over time and with experience I have learned how to see the form and subtle value changes that I was unable to see before. My first rose painting was like a child's drawing. You could tell what it was suppose to be but it didn't look realistic because it lacked the correct value and form.

I used to think that if I wanted to get better at painting a certain subject that I would have to paint that subject over and over again. I realize now that the subject isn't as important as seeing value, contrast, shadow and highlights. By improving in those areas I was able to improve all my paintings.


  1. Hello!

    I've been wanting to paint every day and learn to watercolor paint, AND paint are doing my desire! Wonderful!

    I do see and agree about the difference that time can make. Your experience is letting loose and flowing through your brush, lovely paintings!


  2. Wow! That really is amazing to see the difference. And, what an epiphany to have ;).