I swear, one of these days I’m going to show watercolor who’s boss. Unfortunately, tonight was not the night for that. The sad thing is that at one point through the process I had a really beautiful image. But then I went too far. Too far, meaning the sky but then I did it to the ground as well.
When I started this one, I had no idea what I was going to paint. I just knew that I was going to start off with a red color. Then I added a color that complemented the red and made it the dirt in this desert scene. Then I added the rock formations in the distance. At this point if I were to have left the painting it would’ve been more beautiful then what it became in the end, unfortunately.
Where I went wrong was with the color in the sky. I decided that my painting was missing that crucial color that would really tie the whole painting together, violet. What I wanted to do was just lay down three slightly abstract strokes of violet across the sky, kind of Mary Blair style. Instead, It just ended up looking dirty. I am quite happy, though, that my rock formations have remained in and made it through the process.
Well, I certainly had it right when I said in my earlier post that working with watercolor was “An Art of Restraint”