I finished the Shirley Trevena-inspired painting using a set-up from her book. Now, this doesn't look anything like a Shirley Trevena painting, but maybe I need to paint for another 10 years or so...
Maybe I need to settle in and think about how I want to paint - what techniques I like, what things really get my juices flowing when seeing really good watercolors (if you haven't lately, go over to David Lobenberg's blog and see the portraits he's been doing - totally kicking it up 10 notches and doing something I haven't seen in watercolor portraits before!).
Here's just a little wonky bowl of pears (also from a small bit of a set-up from the Trevena book. I may actually do the demo she does with tulips and pears and see if I get anywhere interesting with it.
Since these are just studies and practice things, I am painting on the back of really bad paintings, tearing the 1/2 sheets in two and using them.
As usual, at the first of the year, I went through my paintings and tore up a lot of really bad paintings. Now, I know you all are going to say, "NO! You should save them for cards, notes, bookmarks, ACEOS" but honestly, these are SO bad, they aren't even worth saving. But I did take a look at a lot of 1/2 sheets and think, use the backs for practice - don't waste so much good paper. So that's what I did. But I would bet $1,000 that I will never paint a really good painting on the back of a bad painting - there seems to be some bad mojo that comes through the bad side and affects the newer painting (or maybe it's just in my head?).
Have a good week. Stay safe, warm and happy!