A girl and her manatee

To end off the year….I finished off with a special project – a manatee!

They are little big sea creatures, related to elephants of all things, because they have tiny nails at the end of each flipper, similar to an elephant’s toenails. Gentle and slow moving, they spend most of their time eating and resting. My kind of creature.

Sometimes called sea cows, fully aquatic veggie eating sweet looking creatures. The manatee has been linked to folklore of mermaids. How lucky you are to be compared to a mermaid.

That’s the end of 2018 paintings for me, this was a gift for a future veterinary doctor and saying that sounds good too….

                                                         

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Newbie getting serious

I’m a watercolour new newbie. It’s scary its very different

I’m used to oils and absolutely love painting with them, they easy to mix, and just have a soft feeling to the brush and canvas. With oil you can paint one cloudy colour over another until you have your desired result. White is created with white.

With watercolour you don’t really build up, its one layer and you have to leave it, maybe once its dry you can add another very light layer and then you have to quickly leave it to dry. The white paper creates the white.

It’s confusing and for me quite scary. So I have been playing around a bit the paper is not watercolour quality it’s a sketch pad, and the paints are very cheap (primary school quality) it’s paint for children to mess with.

The playing was fun, it was a good experience, and I did some more serious ones…

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What about trees…

…Oh I love trees, anyone that knows me knows that I absolutely love trees.

And I played a bit with the watercolours and trees, just watching the water flow in any direction.

I didn’t want a lot of detail or individual leaves, just a suggestion of branches and leaves was what I was aiming at.  So I didn’t paint every leaf, and didn’t stay close to my reference picture.  I never do stay close to my reference picture.  Wetting the paper first, then carefully dropping colour here and there.

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The dancing palm trees were my favourite

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Consider a tree for a moment. As beautiful as trees are to look at, we don’t see what goes on underground – as they grow roots. Trees must develop deep roots in order to grow strong and produce their beauty. But we don’t see the roots. We just see and enjoy the beauty. In much the same way, what goes on inside of us is like the roots of a tree.   Joyce Meyer

 

If being near water is good for you

If being near water is good for you…leads your brain to open, more open means more inspired and creative. Helps you relax, by switching off from everyday stress….well then painting water should be just as relaxing and good for you. Right?

Yes, sort of. Except I felt like a kid colouring-in out of lines. I tried to get some detail down and again the quality of the paper and water colour did not help me at all. So smudging and running out of the lines seemed to be the new normal. The result was a bit messy and not as relaxing as I though it would be.

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This one was sort of ok, even for me. The little boat is a bit smudged too, but better than the fish experience. And it did leave me feeling a bit peaceful and calm just the whole background and wet wash made it look quite tranquil.

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Then for fun, I used coarse sea salt on a wet wash. It was a fun experiment.

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Keep Trying

About learning to breathe, well you’d think that was a natural thing we don’t need to think about it, we just do it. Like when my blood pressure was a bit high and the doctor said I must relax more.

No!! It is not that simple. Watercolour painting made me think a bit about this.

Try and clear my mind of everything I know about oil painting, try and clear my mind of everything that happened during the day. Just breathe slowly and go with the flow, follow the beautiful colourful water spreading on the paper. Forget about the canvas and oils.

So there I was trying to lower my blood pressure…

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At this point my paper actually tore when I was removing the masking fluid, this is not watercolour paper so I it was difficult to get a good result.

But hey I kept trying and just did little things to learn new techniques.

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