21 November 2020

The Brush Has Landed

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.

21 comments:

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    1. Thank you Kathy
      I hope you are having a lovely weekend.

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  2. A beautiful painting.

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  3. Lovely landscape. Can't wait to see the snow geese!

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    1. Hi Jenclair,
      Thank you. There are so many photos, and so many snow geese, I feel overwhelmed sometimes. Sketching on!
      Stay safe

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  4. Once in a long while the snow geese stop here to rest. A whole field of them. Wingtip to wingtip, then suddenly they've gone, the field's empty. If we're lucky we see them high up migrating, best when the sun reflects off their wings. They're a beautiful sight.

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    1. Hi Liz,
      Snow geese are beautiful. I don't know how they manage to not crash into each other flying close like that.

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  5. Such a creative exercise! Good for mind and body!

    Take care!

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    1. Hi Marie,
      Like little steps, one stress at a time. lol

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  6. This is just lovely. The sky is so warm. And I will eagerly await your geese!

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    1. Hi Jeanie,
      Thank you. I started an acrylic today to help me with the snow geese.
      Have a fun week!

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  7. I love the photo and the painting. I will enjoy seeing what you do with this and other snow geese paintings.

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    1. Hi Becki,
      Strange to me, when the painting dried, it looks better. Forgeting how that can be comes with a bit of guilt, that feels too long since I painted with watercolors.
      Stay safe

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  8. Ah, the brainstorm honeymoon - what a great choice of words that paint a picture all by themselves. And how I identify with the 'getting up to get something else' - only mine usually involves changing my mind in mid-go and starting over.

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    1. Hi Maryanne,
      Starting over is not unfamliar to me. lol. Paintings over paintings, even the old European masters started over.

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  9. The watercolour sketch for Snow Geese Landing is just lovely.

    All the best Jan

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    1. Thank you Jan
      Happy Thanksgiving!
      Stay Safe

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  10. Maywyn your painting is lovely. I like the barn and the snow fence. From the photo it looks like you will find lots more inspiration. Hope you are keeping safe friend. Sorry for not visiting sooner. Thank you for your thoughts and prayers - Hugs!

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    1. Hi Debbie,
      Thank you. Have a wonderful holiday season!

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