30 Day Watercolour Challenge (Landscapes)

30 Day Watercolour Challenge (Landscapes) - student project

It was really nice to paint every day and build it into my routine. I learned a lot from the class and there are lots of things for me to practice like using bolder colours, getting smoother washes and blends for skies and water, and painting clouds and trees.

Another great thing I learned from this daily practice is to work with my mistakes. I can't even tell you how many times I started painting, felt that I'd messed up instantly, hated it, and wanted to get a new postcard and start all over because I wanted it to be "perfect". But each time I felt that, I told myself no and thought about how I could fix it instead. Many times, it just meant I had to go over the wash again to smooth it out and make the blends cleaner. It's really worthwhile to experiment to figure out how to fix what's already there rather than starting all over, even if the urge to do so is really strong. This way, you also get to know your materials better and what sorts of limitations you might have.

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Jamaica Arvisu
Pursuing Creativity
Teacher