Maybe if I start posting an entry for every watercolor painting I’ve ever done, I’ll run out of artwork so quickly that I’ll have to move my lazy butt and start painting again…
I’ll start not with my best piece, but with the only one I’ve painted from life, outdoors. I’m always telling my mom to come and visit me, to enjoy Utah’s gorgeous weather and paint outdoors… And when the day is glorious, I’m always thinking I should go outside and paint. But how many times have I actually done it? ONCE: Once in 2002, right after quitting my business job, and so excited because in a week I would start going to art classes as the first step to change careers.
We were at Joey’s parents’ property in Wimberley, spending the 4th of July weekend with Pete and Sharon. That’s the place were we got married. It’s a beautiful piece of grassy land covered with trees, right by the Blanco river. So green… So peaceful…
But that weekend it was all flooded. The river had grabbed the arch under which we said our wedding vows, and it was flowing really high claiming a lot of the land. That’s when I painted this:
This painting shows my constant weakness attempting to paint foliage. I love doing tree bark and little bushes; but suggesting thousands of tree leaves without painting each one, just beats me. I have a wonderful book that shows me how, and it looks so easy… but at the moment of truth it all goes to hell and I keep doing too much, too wrong, and it ruins the painting, and I tell myself again: Stick with people. Don’t attempt landscapes. I’m waaaaay too detailed-oriented to suggest big things with few brush strokes.
Yet, somehow I still like this painting. Maybe simply because it portrays a special place… There are also a few elements that I’m happy with. So, I’ve played with it and created a new playground entry.
Today’s inspiration for this post came from Woody Hansen’s question: What’s Your Excuse?. “I’d love to paint outdoors sometime soon but…”
But I suck at landscapes, Woody!… I love them and admire artists like you, who pull them off with such beauty and simplicity. But I? I suck at them. Now, why am I not painting something else anyway? Well… I don’t really have a good excuse for that.