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”