|Snow Geese Landing, digital photo|
The above photo is the model for the watercolor I have been sketching. When working through trauma issues, art can be a very powerful tool. At first, the determination puffs up the ego, the brainstorm honeymoon has a grand time sketching, thinking, imagining. And then, the flight home to reality. Practicality takes over. Glad to be home. Feeling less pressure. This is the day. And then...the setting up to paint. Get up and go get something else was a four or five times interruption. I begin painting with the decision to just paint a simple scene, the field where the snow geese are landing.
|Watercolor sketch for Snow Geese Landing|
Using brushes only, I haven't added detail. It is easier to paint with a simple pencil sketch on the paper. That can be too specific, and a way of procrastinating on having brush in hand. The key is to give yourself permission to be messy and imperfect. The paper is still wet in the photograph. I didn't stretch the watercolor paper first. If I was painting with a pencil sketch, and depending on the style I want to achieve, then I might, depending on the size, stretch the paper first.
I will continue to sketch the snow geese. I hope in the near future to have at least one watercolor of them finished. I know for sure, the fence will not be part of those paintings; the barn will be farther back and longer; and, there will be minimal mountains in the distance. My goal is to blend the story of the snow geese with their environment. At the moment, I'm fascinated with the way their wings are part of their body when landing.