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Finding Something I Want To Paint

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Last couple of years I've gone to the park on my lunch hour to paint. This year I find that I'm not as enthused about painting in the park. Maybe I need to change location, find another spot to paint, or I may just need to start painting and find my enthusiasm as I work.

I have a few strategies when it comes to finding the motivation to paint. The first is to just sketch or doodle knowing that at some point I'll get more involved in what I'm doing and begin to plan a painting. The other is to read a work of fiction and find images in the writing. Another is to look through art books at the work of artists that I admire. Lastly, but most importantly, is just to have the discipline to continue to work and find my enthusiasm as I work.

I continued to doodle through out the week and I walked to the park with my watercolors hoping to find something that would cry out to be painted. On my way out of the park I saw the flute player who I painted last year. I took some photos …

The Big Picture Part 2, What Did I Learn

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Finally finished the large watercolor I started a week ago. The painting is done on 22X30” 90 lb. cold press watercolor paper.

I started out this piece with a lot of enthusiasm,but that enthusiasm began to wane about midweek. I was resolved to finish it even though I saw that it wasn’t going as well as I had hoped. The main reason for this was because I knew there was a lesson in this painting, if I just get through it I can think about what I might do better next time.

It was the first time I painted a watercolor this large. Most of what I had painted were no bigger than 14 X 17”, most were 8.5 X 10”. Working in this larger size I found that even though I thought I had made a careful drawing of each figure to start I wound up having to make a lot of corrections in proportions by the time I got to painting the central figure. Earlier on I needed to pay more attention to my drawing on this larger sheet of paper. I had lost control of drawing the group, one figure in relation to anoth…