I enjoy lots of different forms of art but my favorite is watercolor. It is where I started (as a child I would walk ‘across the cornfield’ and take watercolor lessons from a local artist) and it is where I always return.
I like how my paints and paper are always ready to go with minimum set-up and clean up. I love the possibility is every tube, cake or stick of color and I love how it is accessible to nearly everyone on any budget.
My profession enables me to create every day but my favorite days are when it involves watercolor.
My process is ever changing. I like to sit on my porch and sketch and paint, I sketch en plein air a lot and sometimes I like to stand in my studio and paint.
With watercolor, I can create in a 10 minute scrap of time and some days that is all I can spare. I teach daily tutorials on my blog and YouTube channel and design projects for various clients in the art and craft industry so having the pleasure to create without the pressure of a “product” is so precious to me!
I must say I attach my paintings in different ways. I deal with a loss of artistic mojo sometimes and I find just taking a few minutes to tidy up my studio or make a color mixing chard jets the creative juices flowing, just the act of putting paint to paper is invigorating. Lately, I have been using a black pen to sketch a lot and then adding washes over it, I love the immediacy of this approach and it comes in handy during life drawing sessions when you only have 10 minutes to capture a pose.
I enjoy working in other media too but water-media due to its ease of use is my favorite, watercolor crayons are also fun and I used them quite extensively in my Craftsy class that just launched a couple months ago: Mix it Up Mixed Media Step by Step. I am happy to offer Doodlewash readers a 50% off discount to this class through this link: http://craftsy.me/thefrugalcrafter
When I teach watercolor and mixed media the thing I most want to give my students is permission to make a mess and empowerment to create however they like, whether it is fine art of fun art it is all great art to me! It is your painting and you can do whatever you want!
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