10" x 14" watercolor (with just a smidge of pastel)
You're probably thinking what has happened to all the watercolor portraits? And what about that landscape we were promised? Hmmmm???
They're next in line folks, promise. Or, at least close to next in line. :)
So. Changes. My first two paintings of the new year are verrrry different from what I did last year. And both of them are a little more expressive.
That's one of my goals for the year. To paint with more expression. More freedom. More joy.
And I'm blaming Harley Brown for this.
I've been reading his book 'Eternal Truths for Every Artist' (which I think should be required reading for every artist) for the second time (okay, okay if you want to get picky about it I guess this is the first time, since I just skimmed it before) and I'm feeling SO inspired.
Seriously, if you haven't read it you must go find it. The man is a genius. And he's pretty hilarious too.
This book is all about being confident with your work and painting with passion. And he places a big emphasis on drawing from life. Which is another of my goals for the year. To draw at least once a week from life.
So, instead of having a list of goals to check off one by one throughout the year, my focus is going to be on stretching my artistic skills. Drawing from life. Painting with lively brushwork and colors. Believing in myself.
What say you???
Are you with me?
This is our year.
Let's challenge ourselves.
2011 has just begun. Anything can happen.
I leave you with these inspired words from dear Mr. Harley Brown:
"The art world is littered with the spirits of people who gave up, just didn't see the fun and the inspiration of being part of the artist's wonderful world.
But you, dear friend, are made of sterner stuff. Right?
So I say to you:
Never, never, never, under any circumstances, give up faith in your ability!
On paper or on canvas, you really do have something to say. Trust whatever is inside of you.
Stick with it!" Harley Brown
I said it before but I gotta say it again.
Now. Go paint. :)