Watercolors, again?

Every time I try to use watercolors, I get frustrated and vow never to touch them, again. And then… Yes, I try them, again. I love the look of watercolors and I have the hardest time using them to get the look that I want. Well, I did it, again. I watched a video and got inspired and dusted off the watercolors, searched all over and found my watercolor paper, searched all over and did NOT find my good watercolor palettes, and got started. I was talking to my mom on the phone while starting painting and when I gave out my first exclamation of frustration, she said, “That didn’t take long.” LOL!

Here I am, set up and ready to go, with the video playing (without sound) for moral support, my mom on the speaker phone, and the dog under the wheels of my chair.
The first two sunsets.
Finished and trying to get the tape off without ripping the paper.
I used the three relatively good ones to make cards.
I love the grasses on this one.
I love the halo around the sun on this one.
This one is my favorite. I don’t know why, I just really like it. Maybe it is all the crazy colors.
This painting has a sad story. I started this one with every intention of doing it in layers. This is the first layer. I mixed up all my colors from the basic primaries and added slow dry medium, because I needed the paint to last on the palette while the layer dried so that I could do my second layer with my mixed colors. I can NEVER mix the same colors, if I run out… Well, this is the one and only layer, because my slow dry medium did not go as slow as I wanted it to. It seems to me that it wasn’t all that long ago that oil paint took so long to dry that I would pull my hair out. (Confused look…) I need to do some more research on mediums and drying times. Perhaps some scientific experiments. … Naw!

I am reading Lark Rise to Candleford, a trilogy by Flora Thompson, and it is not really a story with a plot, but a long and detailed description of life, times, methods, ways of living, people, games, traditions, work, countryside, etc. It took a while to get into it, but after a while it got interesting. You can sort of put together a story as you read. It is a very long book and I am about halfway through it. It was originally published as three stories called Lark Rise, Over To Candleford, and Candleford Green. It is loosely autobiographical about a small village in rural agricultural England during the late victorian era. Very interesting.

At the same time, I am working my way through the audio version of The Mayflower: The Families, The Voyage, and The Founding of America by Rebecca Fraser. The reader is a little mechanical with inflections in the wrong places and, although the author appears to be sympathetic to all the people in the story, the reader does not. It may just be her style of reading. Otherwise, the book is very good. I am surprised that, in this day of rampant history revisions for particular agendas, this book appears to have no agenda and seems, to me, anyway, to report the facts. I like it and am a little more than halfway through it.

I am also slowly reading and savoring Edith Schaeffer’s Hidden Art of Homemaking, again. I love this book. Everyone in a household who is able to read ought to read this book: man, woman, or child. Art is everywhere, because God, the Creator of the universe, is the first Artist. As beings made in His image, we are creators, also. We should be creating beauty with our lives. Oh, so good! Get it and read it. I don’t know if it is in audio, but it would be wonderful if it was and Edith was reading it. It is too late for her to read it, but maybe one of her daughters…

If you have been afraid that your love of beautiful flowers and the flickering flame of the candle is somehow less spiritual than living in starkness and ugliness, remember that He who created you to be creative gave you the things with which to make beauty and the sensitivity to appreciate and respond to His creation. — Edith Schaeffer

6 thoughts on “Watercolors, again?

  1. Why are you frustrated? They look really good to me (the untrained person).

    I Love You,

    Mr. Beloved.

  2. I agree. I especially like the grassy one. Not sure why, maybe the grass in the foreground gives clearer depth. The one-layer pitcher is great! I can’t imagine how you’d improve on it. πŸ™‚

    By the way, Girl of the Commune has a SERIOUS art sub-theme going on. πŸ˜›

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