I just completed my first 14 day challenge, and it has been so much fun and so beneficial to my inner peace! Now I want to continue, and to bring in water colour to be the main medium, with various inks, pencils and so on, as accents. I'll start with seven of the objects I worked with in my first challenge, and then we'll see what I choose for the next 7 days. I will give myself 20 minutes + every day for 30 days. The purpose is to have fun, letting go of the perfectionist that's lurking inside my brain, and to build more drawing/painting skills. Update: I'm choosing items according to what inspires me, rather than from a fixed list.
Day 1 The clementine
Oh, this is fun!! Placing the right ''blobs'' in the right place and with the right amount of water and colour is really hard, but so much fuuuuun! I like the one down left, I think.
Day 2 The lip thing
No white marker in my stash, I'm afraid, so no writing the way it should look. Would very much appreciate advice as to which one I should buy.
Fun again :-) Put white gouache in the pinkness, and I think I rather nailed the colour, esp. in number 3, where I also suceceded in making subtle variations in colour value (is value the right word here?), to a certain extent anyway. I had no negative thoughts at all during this. Loved it!
Day 3 pine cone and spruce cone
Somehow I thought this should be an easy one, which it was not! Not happy with the result, but decided to stop here, to avoid too much fiddling.
I think cones perhaps are best worked by drawing first and painting afterwards. Well, it was an exercice, and I absolutely enjoyed it despite how tricky this turned out to be.
Day 4 cucumbers
Painted these from a photograph. I think painting the actual object somehow feels better, the object feels more real to me then.
Well, I fell for the temptation of trying to detail too much here, I think. Otherwise, the prosess was good.
Day 5 The carrot
Trying to be loose and spontaneous. Haha, I don't know if I succeeded, really. The stalkes and leaves, perhaps, but not the carrot. Still enjoying this very much, and looking forward to the painting and drawing time every day.
Day 6 Freshly baked rolls
When I looked at the photo before starting to paint, I believed this to be a walk in the park. Wrong again. Those subtle browns, reds and yellows are in fact quite challenging to mix right. I just went with it, and looking at the result, I feel I can add some purple - and I will have five rutabagas LOL! Should have left more parts bare, since the color of the paper is close to the lightest parts of the buns.
To paint without drawing first feels very liberating!
Day 7 The glass cup
Cronologically, I'm on day 8 or 9, but something happened in my brain when I started painting this cup the other day: the self confidence and joy totally evaporated. Strange business. I decided to let it rest for a couple of days, and finished the thing now. Medium happy. The dark vs light brush strokes in the (at the?) base are fine, I like them. I intended to paint this and not use ink, since I have started to think ink is cheating (I know, it is not!), but it became too tempting, so I cleaned it up a bit anyway.
Now, I must find something that really inspires me. I painted the cup because I had decided that I should. That was probably the problem.
Day 8 Lemon and onion ( and some fun!)
I took this photo a while back, after having made some food and forgot these two on the counter. I like the cut off lemon part in the back and the onion, but the larg lemon with the flesh visible is totally sad in my opinion. The rim and shape are wrong. Well, mistakes are proof you're trying, right?
Yesterday, I played with mixing some of my water colours, and left the paper to dry overnight. This morning I took a look at it, and all these faces jumped out at me, so I had to take my ink and bring them out. This was a real treat!
Day 9 A perfume bottle
Hermès' Un Jardin après la Mousson is one of my favourites for spring and summer, and the bottle is beautiful with all the blues and greens. I painted as loosely as possible, and have decided to be happy with it despite this and that. Enjoyed this very much, and have been looking forward to it the entire day. It is hard to resist painting when the home office is 5 metres away from my art supplies!
Day 10 Ranunculus acris (buttercups)
Saw Ohn Mar do these today, and when I found them i my garden I couldn't resist trying to paint them myself. Wasn't paying proper attention, so I had some wet-in-wet mishaps, perhaps I'll remember next time?
Day 11 - some kind of journal.
I saw someone keeping a journal, with small sketches throughout the day, and with a bit of text. Wanted to try this, and it was a cozy thing to do. I doubt that I'll keep it up, though. Feel too new as a dailydrawer to think I'll be able to follow trough.
I'm all over the place with the things I put into this project now, but I don't really care. The important thing is that I draw and paint something every day, and that I'm having a good time.
Day 12 The make up brushes
Used masking fluid to try and resque the pattern on the cup, and did details in ink marker and ink brush. Worked less on the cup than the brushes as one can see. The brushes were so much fun!
Day 13 Gardening day yesterday
Oh, my! I'm over the moon with the boots! The other three are quite ok as well, I think. This has been a real treat to work with. I like these ''collages''. I sketched and inked the wellingtons, the garden tools and the little flower before painting them, but the branch with flower buds I painted fairly loosely, and inked afterwords.
Day 14 Sketching a landscape
Last September I did parts of the pilgrim walks in northern Spain, and took a lot of pictures. Some of them I've wanted to draw or paint since. So, now I have started with making a sketch from one of the pictures. I LOVE doing this! Will I paint a water color out of it? Time will show.
Day 15 Bergenias
Inspired by Ohn Mar's loose/precice brush strokes painting flowers, so I wanted to try, and see if I can manage. Not too disappointed, actually. Exciting and fun way of painting.
Day 16 Drawing Brian's stuff in my style
Following the IG-challenge. Pure joy to draw with pencil and ink.
Day 17 - Cherry blossoms
Painting white flowers on cream paper, and painting them in negative - is very hard indeed! I feel the result reflects the fact that I lost steam after a while, - but I'm happy that I did it.
Day 18 - Helleborus
Continuing my attempts to achieve the loose, delicate Ohn Mar Win effect with wet-on-wet and ink. This turned out rather messy, I think, but so much fun! I feel this drawing and painting business is becoming a real habit now, and something I looking forward to playing with as soon as the working day (home office...) is over.
Day 19 - Rhododendron mucronulatum
I sketched the motive the day before I painted it, and I think the pause + the restrictions made by the pencil lines messed with my brain. I think the result is messy and un-charming, and I didn't feel good while painting it. Tried to make accents with regular, non waterproof writing ink, and that turned out too heavy handed. I like the pink flower leaf to the left of my signature, though :-) Learning process.
Day 20 - Lemons, avocados, pepper wedge
-after a couple of adjustments (I bought a pan of sepia, and I think a light wash of sepia over the avocados made the colour more correct...)
Day 21 - Appleblossoms
Yet another attempt at the wet-on-wet. The paper I'm using makes it harder than it would have been with good water colour paper, but never mind. A new experience. I'm loving the bud.
Day 22 Lilacs
Tried to pain lilacs today. I both like and dislike it. My goal was to paint something feather light and delicate, and the result is quite messy, I think. I got carried away by the violet alizarine - haha!
Day 23 - Geranium phaeum
They are all over my garden, the geraniums, and this is one of them.
Day 24, 110520 - Morning view from my bed, Dec.19
Have been wanting to paint this for months, and this is my first attempt. Planning to do it again on proper watercolor paper. Happy-ish - the colour tones are a bit on the cool side.
Day 25 140520 The cathedral in Oviedo
Have been wanting to draw this since I took the photo when I was there on the camino in Sept.19. I just love drawing with ink - I feel it is my medium :-)
The tower is leaning and not as tall as it should. Never mind. Great exercise!
Day 25 140520 Sea shells
Felt I wasn't all that finished drawing and painting today, so I got out the tray with sea shells I picked on the beach in Denmark. Difficult, and fun. Need to practice more on drying control.
Day 26 / 27 This took a while
Sand, and dead, broken crabs and shells on a beach i Denmark.
Used light gray water colour paper, made a sketch, and applied masking fluid. When dry, I made a wet-on-wet wash of different greys, blue and yellow ochre. Sprinkled salt where I wanted the salt effect. Left to dry overnight. Today I did the rest, playing with sprinkling and dotting, wet brush and so on. White gouache with ochre where I wanted the yellowish white, and ink + touch ups here and there.
I'm quite happy with this one, and it was sooo nice to work on better paper!
Day 28 Brunneras
Simple, and quite fun to paint, but I think the result could be better. It's kind of un-charming. The one that is lying is the nicest, I think. Light and airy - as is the flower..
Day 29 Papaver orientale
Tried to paint them really loose, and think I succeeded to a certain extent. Wish I had red/pink ink, have ordered some :-) Will perhaps add some white highlites, we'll see.
I was considering leaving the inking, but did it anyway. The one without ink below.
Day 30 Darmera peltata / Skjoldsildre / Indian rhubarb
I made it!! Feeling very happy and content. Will absolutely continue. 100 days mixed stuff?
Today I omitted the black ink, and instead I filled my finest nib pen with water colour to avoid too harsh lines.
A bit sweet, but I like it :-). Hooray!!