As many things do…. it held, Promise.
This old watercolor landscape.
It sat upon the studio table among 20 others, all needing further contemplation, further work.
Watercolor Landscape Painting
How old was it?
How long did I hold it in reserve?
I’m smiling…. it may shock some, but it is about 15 years old.
I know I’ve mentioned it before, but its so true;
when I don’t know precisely how to use my brush to resolve a thing – I Stop.
Put it aside.
And go on to work on the other papers and canvases I’ve laid out for myself.
I’ve come to realise that there will come a day,
when … it becomes crystal clear, exactly how to resolve the art work.
And then, it is so unbelievably easy!
I understand the beginner’s frustrations.
The urge to shred the result that did not (YET) meet nor yet match the vision within one’s mind.
it is key, to note the word …. “Yet.”
It is important to be aware that as Beginners, we can not possibly do it as we wish to, right now.
We can’t jump into the pilot’s seat and fly the plane, swooping and diving, rolling and performing the aero gymnastics.
There will come a day.
When each task, each skill, becomes second nature.
Back to Work…..
So. I’m back to the old watercolor painting and deep in thought.
I consider the outer edges and have realised they’re far too sharp, abrupt.
Those outer bordering edges are too hard.
They need gentled.
Even though the painting is so old, with watercolor, I can still soften the edges.
I’m in luck.
But, the paper I chose was a smooth hot press type, so it requires a more delicate touch.
Had I used Arches Rough or even Cold Press, I could have been more vigorous in my approach here.
Knowing your paper, is critical for making those resolutions successful.
Once the perimeter edges are softened sufficiently to my eye, I rotate the image.
I decide that I’m pleased with it more with the weight being on the right and the bottom.
Rather than Top and left, as before.
The other change-up I’ve played with is the matting.
I wanted to see how it might look, if it was surrounded in white.
But moved towards the left. I was ‘curious.’
As many things do,
the painting, held promise.
What we do to and with that creation, what our outlook, our approach is, determines if the promise is realised or not.
I think in this case, at least, I was able to exercise the “Goldilocks” approach.
Nothing was taken away to destroy the lovely enthusiastic promise the painting had from the beginning.
The subtle resolutions that, for so long I was blind to, oblivious to….
Now, came easy.
Yes. After a long wait.
When I think about it, this process in its own way, is ……
softening our ‘own edges’ in a round about way.
Follow Along Posts…….
3 Edges of Watercolor – Softening the Edges
Natures Edges – so soft and gentle
Prussian Blue mixing and greens
Impressionist Landscapes in Watercolor
Relax, but don’t fiddle
Resolving, altering paintings – changing the look of old paintings
There will come a day.
When each task, each skill, ….softening edges …….becomes second nature.