Who knew so much could happen in 30 days!!! The Facebook 5 day challenge was so much fun and introduced me to fabulous artists all over the world. And, through the challenge I found Susan Harrison-Tustain! I haven't been this excited about anything in a long, long time. Started with a 30 day challenge to get myself back into painting on a regular basis and had no idea my whole artistic world would change! I can't get enough of this new way of painting. I ordered the other 2 DVDs this morning, so I will soon have her whole library of teaching videos. I can't stop thinking about it - I wake up in the middle of the night and listen to all my teachers argue with each other and her! Do it my way - no, my way is the best! Hahahaha! Actually, I think each and every one of them would encourage any type of growth!! I've mostly painted "dry" - very little water in the paint or on the brush. Still in many layers, but it didn't create that smooth, flowing look I love about watercolors. I learned wet on wet with an entire sheet of wet paper and a paint brush - no control whatsoever, the paint travels where it wants to! Actually, Karlyn taught me to paint individual petals wet on wet - but only got one shot at them, not layers! Susan's method is wetting very small areas at a time, and waiting til the shine is off the paper and then apply paint. The Iris now has it's first two coats of blue. The next step will be to add the colors - it's actually a purple iris, with many bright red places, almost orange in the sunlight - and very dark purple in the shade. I can't wait and the waiting is not fun for me! :-). I am redoing the beach scene with the sand castle, taken in Avalon, NJ. So far so good! It's early, but everything has to dry. Nice sunny day out, so I'm going to take the leaves off the Hellebores and cut some of their leaves back - they are getting ready to bloom!!! And I need to take the leaves away from the bulbs - daffodils are starting to pop up their little heads!! See you tomorrow - oh, and here are the pictures of today's progress:
Andrea Burke, WVWS
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