Looking into the mirror of myself
Sometimes, it feels like finding a subject for a painting can be the hardest part. My creativity has been interrupted and it takes time for me to get back on track. I’m taking a look at my surroundings and nothing is really inspiring me. I try not to look online too much while I’m painting because it can be toxic.
The weather is perfectly calm and the sun is keeping my toes warm. I’ve brought with me my box of ink supplies, (should I do a tour of my ink supplies??) some strathmore paper, and my travel watercolor pallet by winsor and newton. I think I’m gonna do today’s painting with a water brush. this thing is pretty cool, it’s basically a round to brush that has a water reservoir. I can paint very fine lines with it, or if I squeeze the handle, it adds more water and it becomes a transparent wash.
I have this plant I got from my mother in law, but I’m not sure what it’s called. I really love the shape of the leaves and the pink coloring. when I first started painting this, I didn’t think I would do a good job. it almost seemed impossible. but I kept putting pigment to paper and I’m really happy with how this turned out.
When I talk about the thing that watercolor has taught me, it is always patience. I thought I couldn’t paint these leaves because of the time involved. But I paused, inhaled, and really became one with my plants and surroundings. Allowing myself to take this breath, giving myself permission to find joy, allowed me to create this painting. I hope this inspires you to persist, persevere and believe in yourself. if I can do it, you can do it.
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until next time,