One of my aspiration is to paint flowers beautifully. Huge luscious ones like Georgia O’Keefe or cutsey ones like Cath Kidston. I am a long way from that lofty goal but I have to be determined.
Today I copied a painting from the Watercolour Painting for Dummys (it’s a pretty fine book for beginners since most watercolour instruction books don’t really teach you much but make you feel really lousy about how good the painter/author is). I chose this painting to emulate because it has a more “loose” and lush look. I tend to be rather detailed and think too much when I paint for fear of doing the “wrong” thing so I hope I can adopt a more relaxed approach. I have to keep reminding myself to abandon my “uptightness” and just let go and have fun. It’s just a piece of paper and some paint – no harm done! Don’t be such a Ms Perfectionist!
So the process of learning to paint is a process of self-awareness and self discovery. It is very zen.
(The actual rose painting is a gift to my husband – to remind him to buy me flowers. This online rose/post is for Raye – whose hearty welcome yesterday made me feel so encouraged to be back).