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Saturday, December 4, 2010

Try it...

First read my post: The Artist's Journey...Something to think about

Next, take a painting of yours that you are unhappy with. One you are considering throwing out. It is best to walk away from such a picture for a while to clear your head so pick one that you started a while ago. If you don't have such a picture, create one by playing around and experimenting with watercolors, without really thinking about the finished product. Then set it aside to dry and come back to it a few days later.

Take a look at the picture. What shapes do you see? Do any of them remind you of anything? Do you get any ideas by looking at the shapes and colors? What can you add? What parts don't you like?

What would happen if you held the picture under the faucet and let water run over the parts you didn't like? What does the picture look like if you hold it upside down? What does it look like in the mirror?

Here is my painting, from my post "Learning how to play with watercolors"

Click the double arrows to find out what I did with it and how the finished painting turned out. 

Here is the finished painting.

Experimenting With Watercolors by The Helpful Art Teacher Copyright 2010

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