“The purest and most thoughtful minds are those which love color the most.”
― John Ruskin, The Stones of Venice
Welcome to the second week of my watercolor #100DayProject. After some experimentation, I’ve settled into a comfortable morning rhythm of painting and journaling. It occurred to me this week how both serve the same purpose—release and freedom. Both activities are about letting go, self-discovery, and seeing where it takes me. Taken in this context, it’s impossible to do it wrong. What a wonderful thought!
Things I’ve learned this week:
- Stop painting before everything turns brown
- Wet-on-wet is very enjoyable, but I need to go slower
- Trying to copy other paintings can be frustrating
- My emotional state affects the color scheme
- I have no idea what I’m doing and it’s totally okay
I’m still trying too hard to control the paint. I ripped up and threw away two paintings this week and started over. The need to be perfect is still very present and I’m trying really hard to separate the work from any kind of judgment. I remain, as always, a work in progress. Thank you for following along on my journey and for all the wonderful comments I received last week.
Here are my offerings for Week 2:
standing straight-backed and quite tall
do you ever fall?
locked within my busy mind
yearning to be free
what dark secrets hide
behind your bright red brick wall?
I want to see all
happy little sun
shining brightly down on me
do you see me try?