"Watercolors as a medium are very fulfilling to me as they mirror much of my experience of life - put on color, add water, watch blending."
How I did it: It started with intention and sharing that intention. "I would love to experiment with watercolors!"
I shared this desire with a fellow artist who had some watercolors she wanted to pass along since she wasn't using them.
Several months later she said to me, "I am creating an art show in March and I want to include the handful of women who inspire me most. I know you are experimenting with watercolors and would love to feature... oh, seven of them in that show."
No pressure, right? Hahahahahahaha.
I started reading about Georgia O'Keeffe for inspiration. She wasn't big into watercolors, but she was big into shapes and color, so I followed her guidance on shapes, colors and profound emotions.
I am so grateful I did because so far I love the finished products I have created.
Lessons & tips: Don't be attached to creating a brilliant work of art on your very first attempt. Instead, look at this as playtime, the chance to see what happens when...
you add more water, less water, you tilt the page to allow the waterypaint to spread of its own accord.
Georgia O'Keeffe wrote of "forgetting what you are taught" and instead, paint what shapes and colors invite your attention.
Instead of having a firm plan for the finished product, allow yourself the space to be surprised.
Resources: Friends helped and encouraged. If you are thinking of trying a new art form, share it with others and see what unfolds. Had I not shared with Jen, I probably still wouldn't have done this.
Read about artists you admire, look at their watercolors for ideas and inspiration.
I just found this website:
I found the watercolor artist gallery intimidating. Oh, well.
Haven't explored but I thought it might help you.
Lots of instruction here, too.
Most of all - enjoy and let the watercolors speak to you as the color comes from your brush. Enjoy it. You are just experimenting, after all, you are not looking for anyone's approval.
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