Everyone’s receives inspiration differently. For me, one flower can inspire an entire picture, such as the painting “In the Garden,” which is my current banner for my home and blog pages.
The first thing I do when I am inspired is sketch out the idea on tracing paper. Why do I use tracing paper? Because if I’m not sure about the composition or where to place a flower, I can place the sketch behind another piece of tracing paper to find just the right spot. I adore this part of the process. It’s so much fun to let my imagination run a muck!
I would like to say that once I start the painting I don’t change my mind, but I do and I do it a lot! I tend to add things here and there or take them out. With this particular painting, I finished it and HATED a tree I painted. I thought it was just awful. I painfully and painstakingly removed the ink and watercolor carefully so as not to damage the paper. Did you ever start something and wish you left it alone? OH BOY! There is a certain panic that comes of oneself when they near the end of a huge undertaking and they they almost ruin it. I was distressed, but with a bag of cookies, I was able to remove it without causing any damage. Now I am happy to say that I am thrilled with how the painting turned out!
Well after seven days of rain (YUCK) we finally have a beautiful day here at Kettle Cove. I can smell the sea breeze and feel the warmth of the sun on my face. Did I say sun? Sun! Sun! Sun! I love you sun!
I think it’s time for a walk on the beach to find more inspiration for my paintings.