"I know I am but summer to your heart, and not the full four seasons of the year." ~ Edna St. Vincent Millay.
Looking through my old blog posts, I found this painting from 2017. Now that the seasons are changing, I thought a forlorn face would be suitable for this week's Throwback Thursday art.
Don't we all feel a bit sad when we say goodbye to summer for another year?
"Only summer to your heart" 12 X 9 mixed media painting on Fabriano Hot Press watercolour paper.
New strategies with watercolour
I don't often use watercolours for art. Let's just put that out there right away. I like watercolour for quick projects when time is limited and I need to clean up my work space quickly. So the lessons I learned in this project are very likely aspects that most of you know.
Lesson number one: walk away before applying more watercolour to the paper. The paper can absorb only so much water before it begins to act in unusual ways. By unusual, I mean, pilling, shredding, and ultimately leading to a big mess! Adding more water on top of still damp paper can result in unwanted blooms. Sometimes, blooms are needed for a desired effect, but in this painting, I was trying to avoid them. With too much water, paper becomes saturated, and then nothing more can be done in that area.
Lesson number two: work on other projects while waiting for paint to dry. Overlapping or multi-tasking is the best way to allow the paint to dry while becoming absorbed in some other work.
Learning from other artists...
In Katrina Koltes' classes, I am always being challenged.
For example, with this painting, I learned to use a straw to "push" the watercolour into streaks, a very unusual effect, and to apply coloured pencils in areas where I want to bump up the colour a few notches. I love the effects of both techniques which can be transferred to other projects, eventually.
The learning never ends and I am trying to catch up to so many years when I feel I should have been painting, but just didn't have the time.