The beauty of Art is the fact there are no rules. How often can you say that about anything in life? While there aren't rules there are some things best avoided which could be called "rules" if you really want to.
1. Never dip your paint brush in your wine/coffee/tea
2. Never drink your paint water
3. Always have fun
I've learnt from bitter experience that wine mixed with paint is never a great combination and that paint water never tastes as good as (most) wine. And neither of them are "always fun".
So, with these sage like tips to ponder let me invite you to visit as often as you like for tips and news on Art and Life.
#1. Leave your highlights in from the beginning
Watercolour painting demands a completely different approach than oil or acrylic. There are many obvious differences including the surfaces one can paint on; the thinners and cleaning agents required for oil based paints; the quick drying time of acrylic and the slow drying time of oil. However one important thing to remember with watercolour painting is that you have to think in reverse:
Leave your highlights in from the beginning...
White paper is precious and must be left unpainted until you're ready to use it for your highlight.
You can always go darker with watercolour while going lighter is always a challenge. So remember, leave your highlights in from the beginning and you will always be able make it darker.
© Tobin O'Bree
Mental Health is each individual's responsibility. Many of us find we don't have time to prioritise our own needs, yet we know this is unsustainable.
I take great benefit from simply enjoying my surroundings.
My garden is such a place, taking a leaf out of Monet's book, I have created my own landscape in which to spend time and paint.
The rose on my front wall is an example of finding simple joy in the everyday. We often spend too much time planting roses, (both metaphorical and real) yet never take the time to stop and smell them.
So I encourage you to take time out for yourself at least three times a week to enjoy what's around you by taking a morning or evening walk. It's simple but good medicine for your mental well being.
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