Today's watercolor painting was another "white" lotus painted on a white background. I used Winsor Newton Cobalt Violet paint mixed with some Winsor Newton Permanent Rose. I did not lay down any pencil lines first, painting only with the brush and water.
Today was a very typical painting day. The blessing, the curse, and the challenge of creating art is that, regardless of the medium, it will cause you to face who you are. I started out painting two fabulously horrible paintings before painting the lotus flower watercolor painting that I posted today.
I continued with the theme from yesterday of painting my lotus flowers without using a pencil guide first. This produced a rich, vibrant, bold floral watercolor painting yesterday, and I was able to repeat it today. Similar to yesterday, the flower was painted at the end of a busy day instead of the morning.
I made two critical changes to my watercolor painting process for today's lotus flower study. I painted at the end of the day instead of the morning because I had a busy schedule. I decided to not draw a pencil outline of the lotus petals before adding the watercolor. I used one of my previous watercolor studies as a "model' instead of a photo. I still painted it one petal at a time with the stem last.
Only 6 more days left after today and I will have painted 30 lotus flower studies. Wow. I have tried several times to complete the challenge. I can't recall even making it past 10 paintings and certainly didn't make it even halfway through. I know I'm not alone as the first day I posted, the number I was assigned on Leslie Saeta's website was in the hundreds. When I posted at the same time yesterday (Friday), the number I was given was in the upper thirties. So why did I succeed now? What worked that hadn't in the past? Here are some thoughts: