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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Patience

Patience is a person’s ability to wait for something or to endure something tedious…like watching paint dry.  

I have been painting for a few years and in all this time I have only once painted a watercolour. I must be honest that when I look at it I can see my pieces and I can see all the large ones that my then teacher painted for me. So although I remember it has being hard and frustrating I do also remember that it is a very beautiful and rewarding art form.  

After my Frida, I decided to play with watercolours. It really was playing, watching the water spread and dry and just seeing where it would go.

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The paper is not watercolour quality it was just a normal sketch pad and the paints were an old school set. So of course the quality is affected quite a lot by these two being inferior and then there’s me!  

Impatient, thinking and painting as if I was holding an oil brush in my hand and trying to mix  watercolours as if they were oils. 

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So needless to say some times it was frustrating but it did teach me to breathe….inhale and exhale, S L O W L Y …Sometimes I just scribbled with the brush

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Miniature Dandelion

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Bright little Dandelion

Lights up the meads

Swings on her slender foot

Telleth her beads

Lists to the robin’s note

Poured from above;

Wise little Dandelion asks not for love

by _ Helen Barron Bostwick

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Latest painting is this cute miniature 7 X 7 cm (with it’s own tiny easel)

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Dandelion – The flower heads mature into spherical seed heads called “blowballs” or “clocks” containing many single-seeded fruits called achenes. Each achene is attached to a pappus of fine hairs, which enable wind-aided dispersal over long distances _ Wikipedia.org

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Miniature

I love miniatures. While I worked on a large palette knife painting and paitenlty waited for it to dry, I painted this one.

And this weekend it found a new home! 😀