Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Misty Watercolors....


I've been feeling the need to find a new hobby so I can escape from the wedding preparations and my anxiety over the state of the nation, which is all I've vowed to say about the subject on this blog.

For years I have thought about taking up watercolor painting--something my mother also did-and decided that there is no time like the present.

I found a watercolor painting course online (Watercolor Secrets) and decided to sign up. Here's my first effort, which is a monochrome study of a lake in Italy. The idea was to learn how to do a wash for the sky and some dry-brush techniques for the hills. This is my second try at the exercise. In the first attempt I had too much water on the paper so my mountains didn't have any white patches on them which adds some interest and texture. I also improved the gradations of color in this attempt.

So just for fun, I will post some future efforts as I work my way through the course, learning the techniques.

6 comments:

Sally said...

what a great hobby to take up, I love the colours and the way your water reflects the mountains.

Rev Kim said...

Lovely!

John Edward Harris said...

Your watercolor is better than anything I could every render. I'll stick to acrylics.

artbymj said...

Way to go, Jody! I'm so proud:0)

Mac said...

Mom of Congress, MOB, and artist, too? I like it.

zorra said...

Fun! And good for you! I like all the different blues.