Starting Over in Watercolor Painting: An Artist's Path to Recapturing Passion
Despite initial confidence after a Watercolor West workshop, the author's painting practice lagged due to work. This blog, aiming to regain lost rhythm, will share regular updates and pursue a year-end goal of a full cycle of practice plans, focusing on fundamental techniques.
Four months ago, I had the opportunity to attend a watercolor workshop in California organized by Watercolor West. The workshop was facilitated by one of my favorite artists, Michael Reardon. Until then, I was reasonably confident about my watercolor painting abilities, having successfully completed several pieces that garnered positive feedback. However, like many other hobbies, my watercolor practice took a backseat due to professional commitments. The past four months have seen very little progress, a stark contrast to the initial surge of enthusiasm I felt right after the workshop. During that time, I was so engrossed in my art that nothing could come between me and my easel; I was brimming with a determination to reach the zenith of my artistic potential. Despite life's ebb and flow dictating seasons of priority, I'm well aware of the rejuvenating role hobbies and personal activities play. It's been disheartening to see an unfinished painting, a remnant from last September, echo my neglect. A part of me yearns to excel in my artwork, and I recognize there's no substitute for dedicated practice. Understanding the need for accountability, I decided to start this blog and set a challenge for myself to complete a full cycle of practice plans before the year ends. My focus will be to hone fundamental techniques such as flat wash, graded wash, wet on dry, and wet on wet, along with some preliminary sketching. I plan to share regular updates of my painting practice, with photographs to document the journey. Having set an achievable goal of six hours of practice across five working days, I remain optimistic about rebuilding my lost rhythm.