One way I can capture beauty around me is to take a few pictures, some blurry and one in focus. This helps me imagine the colors and how they wash together on the paper. I very often do this and put them big on my flickr screen and paint using the pictures as a reference.
super blurred, just the basic colors. This is my first step on my watercolor paper.
I come in and start adding shapes and shadows, more dark colors too.
Then I come in with my darkest colors and sometimes a pen, to give the painting more definition.
This is the image in focus, however I don't usually do my watercolors in focus. I like them softer and a bit more dreamy. The in focus picture serves as a reference point. Is that a rock or a squirrel? Is that a bush or part of a tree? I need the focus shot to remind me of my goal.
I often say that painting is my way of running away without leaving the house. How do YOU get your “away” time? What inspires you? How do you use your photography to help you relax or to inspire your work? What’s your media of choice? Tell me a bit about yourself!
alisaburke: sketchbook gift guide. I love to watercolor and doodle and this is a GREAT guide as to what you could gift to your loved ones who have my same artsy desires.