I’ve been spending some time on weekends brushing up on watercolor painting. Designs with watercolor elements are really on trend right now, so I decided to start creating my own instead of purchasing from stock image sites. It’s been such a long time since I last worked with the medium, so I’m more than a little rusty! This was my first attempt:
The colors were sort of nice, so even if I wanted to throw it away, I decided not to. But by golly, I am really out of practice. Watercolor is all about control and technique — and lots of practice!
I realized I was too ambitious and started with small things — things I can use on my projects, like backgrounds, icons, basic shapes.
I don’t know why I decided to make watermelon slices, I just really loved the color combination. Those dots are going to be backgrounds for social media icons on blogs. The hearts? I don’t know yet, but hearts are always useful! 🙂
And then I remembered that I planned to make a watercolor painting of Polly Alexandre’s photograph of peonies on a chair. So this is the first attempt. I did it really quickly before I destroyed it by adding unnecessary details. 🙂 You should always know when to stop.
It’s definitely not perfect, but I love the casual rendering of a formal subject, which is actually the effect I was going for. 🙂 What did I do with the mistakes? Well, I turned them into backgrounds for quotes! hehehe. Here they are:
I don’t know if I am just biased, but I LOVE everything you do, even when you call them mistakes. So beautiful, Pat! Just soooooo beautiful!
You are just biased, Ai! hahahaha! but thank you! Thank you for the kind words. I needed that today. 🙂
Nona Enriquez-Schanoswki says
You’re very unique and industrious..I love pastel colours and hey, you’re doing it so good..love reading your blogs and seeing your paintings. keep it up Pat!
Haha, thanks Nona! You’ve always been very supportive of my efforts.
Souldeelight Photography says
These are crazy beautiful!!!!! oh my goodness… my heart is silently squealing!! **begs** please open up a class on any of your creative “outputs”…. i will be the first in line! hahaha
Oh, thank you Dee! I’ll start planning for a workshop soon. Maybe early next year when my schedule isn’t so crazy. 🙂
Leah - The Bright Spot says
Hindi halatang practice lang!
Very beautiful, Ms. Pat =) I can’t wait to see you transform your watercolor paintings into blog buttons, icons and headers!
Hahahaha! Thanks Leah! You are too kind! There are already 3 projects about to use the icons and backgrounds I painted. Will showcase them soon. 🙂