Recently I discovered the fabulous "Frugal Crafter" Lindsay Weirich. She does tons of craft tutorials, including painting with watercolours - a new endeavour for me. Yesterday I sat down with her "Let's Paint a Hummingbird" video and did my best to follow along.
I was not thrilled with my first attempt; it was passable at best. So I watched the video again. Pausing in spots, I drew, erased, drew, erased, until I had a reasonable facsimile of a hummingbird on my watercolour paper.
Watercolour paints are very different from acrylics. With acrylics you can keep layering until you get it right. Watercolours are not so forgiving. At least that is my impression of them. But I was determined to get this down. I did a total of four hummingbirds, but it wasn't until the last one that I felt a familiar connection to my painting. I'll try to explain, but first here are some pics.
|All four paintings|
|My first attempt. I really had to work at this and it did not feel natural at all.|
|My 2nd hummingbird. I liked this better than the 1st, but it lacked life for me.|
|Painting #3. Poor fellow seems caught in a back draft.|
|Painting #4. I finally felt a connection - a spark of life in this one.|
Here are four cards I made from these paintings.
Thanks for visiting my blog. I hope you will pop over to Lindsay's blog and check out some of her videos. I think you will be glad that you did. In the meantime, is there something you have always wanted to do, but didn't think you could do it? Why not give it a few more tries? Determination can actually help you discover natural talents you didn't know you possessed.
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