My Yo-Yo Existence
I should have known better. The fact that I did a few successful abstract sketches in pastel did not mean it would be easy to translate that success to watercolor. Each medium has its own demands and rules. Duh!
Well, I just spent all day trying to turn one of my pastel sketches of Monica, our model, into a watercolor. Three attempts later I’m ready to tear my curly hair out! There are no easy answers to creating art. What worked in pastel just isn’t working in watercolor. I took the final pastel sketch and simply tried to recreate it, forgetting that the pastel sketch was a result of several steps, including smooshing.
I’ll have to find the watercolor version of smooshing … maybe that will work. Or maybe I should take one of my not-quite-successful (= unsuccessful) pastels and use that as my pre-smooshing version in watercolor. Or maybe …
Oh rats! I think I need a drink!
On the plus side, I finished my Cheap and Cheerful Market abstract painting based on some photos I took the day we arrived in Cusco.
The local markets in Peru are so colorful. Since I took pictures of them in every town, I have lots of raw material to work from. How’s that for ending on a positive note?!?