Traditionally an acrylic landscape artist, I recently began a foray into watercolor painting.
Why? for the last few years I have been painting landscapes and barns and windows, and although I enjoyed painting them, I knew I hadn’t quite hit my style. I tried tight detailed painting, looser strokes, and for a little while, some artists studies, for example recreating many of Lawren Harris’ paintings. Nothing quite felt like mine.
I would spend a lot of time whining to my husband about my lack of creative direction until one day he said, “why don’t you try painting local animals?” I thought this was a bad suggestion. I don’t know how to paint animals. I decided to to give it a try to at least make a show of trying this idea. I decided I wasn’t going to use acrylic because acrylic and canvas can be expensive for experimenting and painting in acrylics can take a long time because
there is this need to cover the canvas. No, I decided I would use a less expensive medium: watercolor paints and paper ( I had only ever painted with watercolor once before and it was a disaster, and I never went back to it again). I scoured the internet for some inspiration and came across a picture of a fox. Putting paint to paper I started experimenting. I produced my first ever, watercolor animal painting seen here to the right. Replicating fur was difficult, but I learned a lot from this piece. I posted it on my dailypaintworks.com gallery page and to my surprise, it sold two days later! Maybe hubby was onto something. My next
subject was a squirrel, which I thought was very weak, but oddly enough it earned the highest number of ‘likes’ on Instagram any of my paintings have earned thus far! Go figure! I guess people really like squirrels. In my opinion, the painting was very rough. I don’t feel like I quite got the tail right. Please, let me know what you think? I need constructive feedback as I start this new painting adventure.