It's Saturday night, and i'm enjoying a(nother) glass of wine ;-)
Stay with me a while!
I felt like doing something meditative tonight,
so i chose a photo i liked of the Beatles
and decided on doing watercolor.
Yeah, i could have meditated, I guess
but meditation is almost exercise for me
and i don't do exercise on a Saturday night. ;-)
Besides, i needed an activity
that included the glass of wine.
(is that inspiration i see coming around the corner?!?)
A quick outline of the faces....
the first layer of watercolor...
i think i used burnt sienna.
I always begin a little lighter with watercolor,
so i always use more water for the first layer.
When it's dry,
i just go over certain sections to create layers.
Still creating layers...
The final layer - darker than the rest.
(i just use very little water in the color)
Doesn't look much like the Beatles.
Poor Paul looks like Mr. Big Head.
'course he kinda is... ;-)
You can see that there's very little detail in the faces.
I like that.
Sometimes, i feel like doing fine detail,
but not tonight.
And this little baby was done last night...
Don't ask me what the hell this is...
I only know that when i sat down,
i picked up my colored pencils
and just felt like doodling without anything in mind.
Well, obviously, there WAS something in my mind,
i just didn't know what it was yet.
I do like the two faces,
and i kinda like the whale/bird thingie
floating in the water at the bottom.
Or floating on the tree roots.
Someone kindly asked me in a comment recently
if i try to "out-do" myself with art.
Short answer: no.
(and you can leave now if this is boring you...)
I am not the least bit interested in competing
with myself or others.
I am not a perfectionist,
nor do i keep tabs on what other people are doing,
so that i can go one step further
and out-shine them.
It's just not who i am.
I think we all have a place in the world
and the last thing i am interested in
is putting myself on a higher pedestal than the rest.
I'll let the politicians do that. ;-)
I would suck as an Olympian athlete.
Really. I would.
I don't believe much in talent.
i think talent develops itself
with consistent, creative,
determined, hard work.
Anyone who has participated in a weekly (or daily) art challenge
knows what i'm talking about.
I've seen it on some of your blogs,
in your artwork.
What begins as
is transformed with daily practice to
So whenever i hear someone say,
"oh, she's so talented"...
i know that the reality is
she most likely practices her art,
or her music,
or her balance beam
So it's not really talent.
It's just the results of hard work.
By the way, i want to thank you all
for leaving such lovely comments on my blog.
i am always so grateful to know
that so many of you out there
visit this little space of mine.
This on-line community has given me more
than i ever thought possible.
Yesterday, i even got the chance to meet
a wonderful on-line friend, in person - near my home!
The beautiful Stéphanie,
visionary and artist at heart. :-)
She was vacationing here and we met for coffee
and chatted for 2 hours about art and inspiration
as if we had known each other
our whole lives.
That's what happens when you put like-minds together.
Which is why this on-line community has become
so important to me.
People who love to share.
People who love to learn.
So yeah, ok, glass is empty, it's getting late,
and i did end up writing a friggin' book.
what a boob.
Thanks for reading folks.
Wishing you all a happy Sunday.
G'night John Boy...