I took a break from my “Personal Best” series painting today to work on a new watercolor. I had taken a great photo of a cow at one of our local farms last year and had been meaning to use for inspiration one of these days. Well, that day was today!
It’s missing the energy! I’m hoping one more session at the easel will put thi sone to bed. Right now, I still feel like the intensity isn’t there. I don’t feel the energy yet. I think it needs a bit more contrast….some big hits with white and black. I think the flatness of the color is what is keeping the energy level down.
I may never finish a marathon, or even a half, but for me, the triumph is in getting out and doing it. That’s the passion and energy I want to capture in this series.
All of the paintings are based on photos that I take at various races that I attend…sometimes as a runner, sometimes just to watch. None of them is any person in particular, but an essence of the runner. Someone in which we can all see ourselves.
For the most part, the form of the runner is fairly accurate, but what I really want to capture is the energy…that dynamic place where will meets ability and becomes something amazing!
I started this watercolor over a year ago. It went somewhere that just didn’t work, so I set it aside. The other day I decided it was time to get back to painting and to see if I couldn’t get this one on the right path.
When I last worked on this one, I tried some techniques that work really well with my acrylic paintings, but watercolor just doesn’t handle the same way! I went back in with a lot of wet brushes and paper towels to quiet down some of the textures (read: scribbles) that I had previously added and softened up the overall feeling, while keeping same of the interesting texture just below the surface.
I kind of love the now subdued scribbles. Hopefully, I can replicate them in future work. The absence of my “signature” crazy line-work was something that always seemed to be missing from my watercolor work.
I’ve been trying to figure out how to work painting back into my schedule. I have a part time job, a freelance career as a print/web designer, and a family to take care of. Lately, I’ve been reading a lot of articles on how successful people spend their mornings. The common theme seems to be that they get out of bed and get going instead of lying around lamenting the fact that they must soon leave the comfort of their nighttime cocoon.
This morning I tried it. Of course it helped that the dog needed to go out! But normally, I would let him out and back in again, and then slip back between the sheets. Not this morning. At 6 a.m. I got up and stayed up. I unloaded and loaded the dishwasher, got the clean clothes out of the dryer, and did 120 jumping jacks…all before my first cup of coffee.
While nothing I did was life-changing, it did give me a sense of accomplishment, It also got me thinking. Why couldn’t I head for the easel after I let the dogs back in each morning? I could easily get in 30 minutes of painting. Before I head for bed tonight, I’ll set out everything I will need for a morning painting session. Stay tuned for the results!