Seeing her blog post excited me for several reasons. First of all, she tried my practice example and shared it, and that was fun. Secondly, when I read her profile description, I discovered that she is a newly practicing artist in the Netherlands, and she intends to post her efforts no matter what the results. Wow, I thought. That takes courage--the courage to create your own stage and build a community for practicing art. I know from my own experience, that every effort will not only strengthen her skills, but each time she posts her work, her art practice will benefit in boldness. One of the many pleasures of blogging today is that we have a ready-made community of individuals who are also learning, practicing, enjoying creating art and sharing it. It's a great opportunity for both motivating and encouraging our art practice. .
Because I haven't had an art class vacation in the past two years--that is, leaving town for a week and doing little else but painting watercolor--seeing Cora's practice examples also reminded me of one of the fun moments in art class that I've missed lately, the sharing time when everyone shows their efforts after a work session. These were moments of enjoyment and satisfaction for me. I always marveled at how beautiful everyone's work was, the uniqueness of each person's style, and easily found something to admire in each person's efforts.
This reminds me to say to you what I often have to say to myself. When you are looking at your finished work and don't find yourself totally loving it, focus in on an area of the painting that attracts you, that you particularly like and notice why it appeals to you. Then find the area that doesn't appeal to you and decide what you don't like about it. Think about what you would like to see happening differently there. Remember that the special value in those 'dislike' areas is the learning that took place while you were creating it.
August demonstration: Wet-in-Wet and the Colors of White
For an easy-to-print version, visit the same demonstration published on my website.
Cora's Journeys with Watercolor
Another post on the value of practice, Practice is the Magic of Talent.