Trying to apply the color mixing lesson to an actual image was challenging. I have no formal training in watercolors and had one college figure drawing class a long, long time ago. I've been fascinated to learn the techniques offered in this class for both drawing and painting. I couldn't really figure out how to get the luminous glow from the sunrise or the light on one side of the trees. Went back over some of the painting with colored pencil, which helped sharpen up the peaks and the tips of the trees.
Watching a pileated woodpecker while hiking this week was the most immediate inspiration. I wanted to somehow capture what I was seeing and also have a way to look more closely but didn't think taking a photograph would be very satisfying. With more time on my hands because of the COVID-19 crisis, I've decided to try to recapture some of the skills and ways of being, particularly my artistic side that have atrophied. The way some of the journals use watercolor is particularly appealing to me. I also love the mix of text and images, especially the use of partial boxes with text. One of the people who wrote in comments suggested combining poetry with images. Challenging myself to write a haiku for each image is appealing.