Azalea Watercolor SketchesThe top watercolor sketch, in my journal, was done last week. My class this morning wanted to do some more with the azalea plant, because they were determined to keep it simple. The bottom two are demonstrations I did for that class. I know not everyone is interested in keeping it this simple, but I, personally, don't care for detail. I don't like doing it, and I'm not crazy about seeing it. I do appreciate the talent of people who render a detailed painting, but it isn't my thing.
Sometimes we think we ought to do that - we aren't real artists unless we paint photographic realism. And sometimes we just get caught up in the details of an object and don't know how to let go. I think knowing what the object or subject is saying to us, knowing what we want to say about the subject, and using a large (no smaller than a #12 round) brush will all go a long way toward keeping it simple.
These were very quick little paintings zooming in, cropping, and trying to capture just what it was that caught my attention - in this case it was the straight bottom edge of the plant.
There are creepy noises in the house this afternoon. Yesterday when I went to put on my boots, I found about a half cup of cat food in one of them! Do we have a critter lurking here???!!!