You know how good it feels to scratch a mosquito bite? Until it doesn't feel good and you see you're bleeding?
Yesterday? I painted until it didn't feel good.
Even so, I remain curious about the abstract landscape lesson I've now completed twice, both times with a fair amount of feeling off-the-mark while painting. I still want to scratch that itch.
So I set out to explore again today.
I rerun the workshop videos, noticing this and that, saying, huh!, more than once.
I cut an 8x8" piece of watercolor paper for my substrate.
I apply collage of varied shapes, varied neutrals, and varied print matter.
I paint over the collage with a thin layer of titanium white diluted with glazing medium. I add another thin layer, of white and parchment.
From there, on to a thin layer of a warmer tone—a drop of yellow ochre mixed with white and glazing medium. Go back in to deepen the ochre in a few areas.
Next, I mix up a thin, neutral green and let it wash over several areas.
And then, I put my collage, my brush, my paper palette, my wiping cloth, my glazing medium, and my attention to rest. I stop at enough instead of finding myself mindlessly … bleeding!
Work in progress: